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African American child snores while sleeping in bed.
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Findings underscore need for early treatment to prevent future cardiovascular disease Children with obstructive sleep apnea are nearly three times more likely to develop high blood pressure when they become teenagers than children who never experience sleep apnea, according to a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute...
Black mother leaning in close to her son’s face, while he looks up at her.
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When Joia Crear-Perry, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist, found “ African American descent” listed by cardiovascular experts as a risk factor for postpartum heart disease , she realized even advocates like her were doing something wrong, and that the media was amplifying the error. With the U.S. maternal health crisis gripping public attention...
Doctor listens to baby’s heartbeat with stethoscope while examining pregnant woman.
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Sleep apnea, obesity, race among the risk factors for pregnancy-related complications During the last few decades, maternal deaths — long considered a critical marker of the health of a nation — have been declining in much of the world. But in the United States, the maternal death rate has increased an estimated 58% since 1990. The increase has...
Man sleeping in bed.
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Suggests that targeting sleep may help prevent diabetes and improve treatment African Americans with severe sleep apnea and other adverse sleep patterns are much more likely to have high blood glucose levels —a risk factor for diabetes—than those without these patterns, according to a new study funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood...
Woman snoring in bed.
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Research Feature
For much of her life, Sarah Gorman, 71, battled a mysterious illness that left her tired, sleepless, and unable to concentrate. When her symptoms first started in her 20s, she turned to doctors for help. They diagnosed her with depression and referred her to a psychiatrist, but Gorman soon rejected that diagnosis because, she said, she simply did...
woman sleeping in bed.
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Researchers have identified 57 genetic variations of a gene strongly associated with declines in blood oxygen levels during sleep. Low oxygen levels during sleep are a clinical indicator of the severity of sleep apnea, a disorder that increases the risk of heart disease, dementia, and death. The study, published today in the American Journal of...