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Research Feature
The story of the U.S. opioid crisis is often told through numbers. And for many that makes sense, because the numbers are staggering: More than two million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder (OUD), a serious, but treatable chronic illness that claims the lives of more than 130 people every day. Many with OUD carry another burden, however:...
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News Release
Researchers say they are closer to solving the mystery of how a good night’s sleep protects against heart disease. In studies using mice, they discovered a previously unknown mechanism between the brain, bone marrow, and blood vessels that appears to protect against the development of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries—but only when...
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Research Features
Feeling sleepy during the day? You’re not alone. Insufficient sleep is a common and fast-growing problem, with almost a third of U.S. adults reporting they get less than the recommended amount of shuteye. But while some people experience occasional restless nights that still allow them to be alert and productive during the day, many others...
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Research Feature
On those nights when you just can’t seem to fall asleep, here’s something to think about: Are you getting enough of the right light during the day and too much at night? Scientists have discovered that light is as essential to optimal health and development as vitamins and exercise. In nature, the sun delivers the entire spectrum of light needed by...
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Building on scientific advances that link sleep problems to health and safety risks, the National Institutes of Health today released the 2011 NIH Sleep Disorders Research Plan. The plan identifies research opportunities to be pursued over the next three to five years in order to spur new approaches to the prevention and treatment of sleep...