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ANIMAL CARE
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Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
CANCER
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Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
CAREGIVING
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Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
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Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
DIET, NUTRITION
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Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DISABILITIES
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Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
FITNESS
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
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Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
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INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
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Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
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Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
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How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
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PREGNANCY
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Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
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Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
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SLEEP DISORDERS
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Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
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Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
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Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up

(HealthDay News) -- Better quality sleep and more efficient sleep just might lead to higher grades, especially in math.

That's the finding of a study that included 56 teens, ages 14 to 18, who had complained of insufficient sleep at night or daytime sleepiness. Researchers measured the sleep of the participants, and the teens provided information on their grades.

The study found an association between higher math scores and fewer awakenings at night, less time spent in bed, higher sleep efficiency, greater sleep quality and less time taken to fall into a deep sleep at night. Higher scores in English were associated with fewer nighttime awakenings. And there also was a link found between increased time taken to fall into a deep sleep during the weekends and worse overall academic performance.

The researchers said they were surprised to find that although more and better sleep produced overall academic improvements, different aspects of sleep were associated with different types of functioning.

"Sleep deficits cause problems for adolescents, but students differ in their personal resources and in how chaotic their sleep-wake schedules are," principal investigator Jennifer C. Cousins, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

"The more regular and predictable their sleep is, the better they are likely to do when confronted with short-term sleep deficits," she said. "Therefore, participants with better sleep overall may be affected differently in a sleep condition compared to those who have a more varying sleep/wake schedule."

The study was to be presented June 10 in Seattle at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

SOURCES: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, June 10, 2009 Published on: June 10, 2009