ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Winter Is Tough on Feet
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
CANCER
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
DIET, NUTRITION
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Eating in America Still Unhealthy
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
FITNESS
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Have Fun But Put Play It Safe on the 4th
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health

People who sleep less than six hours a night are 12 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who get the recommended six to eight hours of slumber, a new study has found.

The team of British and Italian researchers also found that sleeping too much -- more than nine hours a night -- doesn't increase the risk for death but might be an important sign of a serious or potentially fatal illness.

The researchers reviewed 16 studies that included more than 1.3 million people who were followed for up to 25 years. In that time, more than 100,000 deaths were recorded among the participants, who were from Asia, Europe and the United States.

The findings provide unequivocal evidence of the direct link between insufficient sleep and increased risk of premature death, said the authors of the study, which is published in the May issue of Sleep.

"Modern society has seen a gradual reduction in the average amount of sleep people take, and this pattern is more common amongst full-time workers, suggesting that it may be due to societal pressures for longer working hours and more shift-work," Francesco Cappuccio, leader of the Sleep, Health and Society Program at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, said in a university news release. "On the other hand, the deterioration of our health status is often accompanied by an extension of our sleeping time."

"Consistently sleeping six to eight hours per night may be optimal for health," he added. "The duration of sleep should be regarded as an additional behavioral risk factor, or risk marker, influenced by the environment and possibly amenable to change through both education and counseling as well as through measures of public health aimed at favorable modifications of the physical and working environments."

SOURCES: University of Warwick, news release, May 4, 2010 Published on: May 10, 2010