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These pages are updated regularly with interesting articles that we've been reading on the subjects of cancer and, more importantly, disease prevention. We hope that you come back regularly to see what is new.

Sleep
The Brain's Connections Shrink During Sleep This mass downscaling stops neurons from becoming saturated-which may be one of the reasons why sleep exists at all.
Why Jet Lag Is Worse than You Think A new study shows that baseball teams traveling from west to east give up more home runs, and the authors say that jet lag is to blame.
Why sleep matters - the economic costs of insufficient sleep: A cross-country comparative analysis | RAND This report examines the economic burden of insufficient sleep across five different OECD countries. The findings of this study suggest that insufficient sleep can result in large economic costs in terms of lost GDP and lower labour productivity.
Screen time, phone use linked to less sleep for teens (Reuters Health) - Digital distractions, and a more classical one, talking on the phone, are linked to shorter sleeping time and greater daytime sleepiness for teens, Canadian researchers say.
Being a Night Owl May Be Bad for Your Health A new study suggests that early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy - although not necessarily wealthy or wise. Korean researchers recruited 1,620 men and women, ages 47 to 59, and administered a questionnaire to establish whether they were morni
The Science of Peak Performance Steven Kotler is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. His last book, Abundance, debuted at #1 on Amazon, and spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller's list. Steven's work has been translated into 27 languages and featured in over 60
Years of night-shifts linked to women's risk of heart disease, cancer The women on rotating night shifts for six years and longer were 19-23 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 11 percent more likely to die of any cause than those with little or no night-shift work. Women with 15 years or more on rota
5 Ways To Hack Your Diet For Better Sleep Posted: Most people have horrible sleep fitness, so to speak. They waste time falling asleep, then they spend hours tossing and turning in a light sleep state that doesn't have the same body and brain-boosting benefits of deep and REM sleep. So how do you
Getting Serious About Sleep Upgrading sleep quality is one of the most important things you can do to have more energy during the day. I've shared a ton of info about just about everything you can do to hack your sleep in these posts.
No Phones in Bed The bed must be reserved as a place for sleep and sex only. That was the decree of psychologist Richard Bootzin in his influential 1972 proposal for a "stimulus-control" approach to better sleep. One central tenet was operant conditioning: The bed must be
Why sleeping in the dark may be critical to #breastcancer patients on endocrine therapy according to Dauchy et al #bcsm Two-thirds to three-quarters of breast cancers are hormone receptor positive - meaning they express the estrogen or progesterone receptor - and so can be treated with endocrine therapies such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors. On...
The Science of Self-Control: 6 Ways to Improve Your Willpower One of the key parts of our culture at Buffer is a focus on self-improvement. We each pick an area to improve on each week and share our daily progress and challenges, making it a social, supportive way to adjust, create or change our habits.
Sleep patterns study lends new support to proposals for later school start times for teens Numerous studies have looked at how the amount of sleep children get changes as they age, but there has been little research into when they get that sleep and how that evolves over time.
Night shift effects on brain comparable to chronic jet lag People who work night shifts for a decadeshow poorer memory and other cognitive impairments compared with day workers, say researchers, who also found recovery is possible. Shift work, like chronic jet lag, disrupts the body's internal clock and has been
A Wake-Up Call for Better Sleep | MIT Technology Review Sleep problems are not new. In the Middle Ages, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer movingly described the frustration of sleeplessness. William Shakespeare portrayed sleep deprivation so convincingly in his plays that many scholars assume the playwright himself su
The Evolution of Sleep: 700 Million Years of Melatonin As much as we may try to deny it, Earth's cycle of day and night rules our lives. When the sun sets, the encroaching darkness sets off a chain of molecular events spreading from our eyes to our pineal gland, which oozes a hormone called melatonin into the
Working Long Hours Tied to Diabetes Risk Working long hours may increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new review has found, but the risk is apparent only in workers of lower socioeconomic status. Long working hours are associated with diabetes risk factors - work stress, sleep disturbances, d
Great article on sleep and acne - General acne discussion Great article on sleep and acne - posted in General acne discussion: Does sleep deprivation cause acne?Does sleep affect acne?Yes it does. Big time.But you cannot say sleep causes acne. Sleep, specifically sleep deprivation, affects acne indirectly.