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CDC Says Millions Of Americans Do Not Get Enough Sleep.

ABC World News (4/26, story 8, 0:35, Sawyer) reported, “The Centers for Disease Control announced today a staggering number of Americans, 30% of us, are not getting enough sleep.”

NBC Nightly News (4/26, story 6, 1:45, Guthrie) reported that according to the CDC’s Dr. Ileana Arias, “Unfortunately, what we found is that about a third of working adults get only six or fewer hours every day of sleep.” NBC News chief science correspondent Robert Bazell, said, “Among health care workers, just over half said they don’t sleep enough. For those in the transportation and delivery business, it was 70%.”

MSNBC /MyHealthNewsDaily (4/27, Rowan) reports, “When the results were broken down by age group, the findings showed people in the middle of their working years were most likely to report less than six hours of sleep a night: about 32 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 64, compared with 26.5 percent of those ages 18-29, and 21.7 percent of those 65 and older.” Meanwhile, “there were also differences among races. Black workers (38.9 percent) and Asian workers (33.2 percent) were significantly more likely to report short sleeps than white workers (28.6 percent) or Hispanic workers (28.8 percent), the report said.”

HealthDay (4/27, Reinberg) reports, “About 44 percent of night shift workers get too little sleep, compared to about 29 percent of people working the day shift.”

WebMD (4/27, Mann) reports, “Others who are not getting enough sleep include people who hold down more than one job, widows, divorcees, or recently separated partners.” These “findings are based on data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey.” The report is published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Minneapolis Star Tribune (4/27, Peifer) “Health Check” blog also covers the story.

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— “One-third of US workers don’t get enough sleep,”Karen Rowan , MyHealthNewsDaily, April 27 , 2012.

First Episode Of BD May Severely Affect College-Age Adults.

On its front page, the Boston Globe (4/27, A1, Landergan) reports that the first episode of bipolar disorder (BD) in young adults may be triggered by “the late nights, flexible schedule, and socialization of college, with more than 50 percent of all cases starting between the ages of 15 and 25, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.” Even though some institutions of higher education do offer “a variety of services for afflicted students,” many “believe the help is not enough. They say that these young people can feel a deep stigma if others find out about their disorder and that few of the students’ peers have a real understanding of their affliction.” The Globe points out that medications taken for BD may cause weight gain and other side effects that are distressing for young adults. The Globe also explains how BD makes it difficult, albeit not impossible, for students to finish their course of study.

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— “College students vulnerable to bipolar disorder,”Katherine Landergan , The Boston Globe, April 27, 2012.

Parents’ Emotional Support May Help LGB People Have Better Long-Term Health.

HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) reports, “Receiving emotional support and acceptance from parents benefits the long-term health of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults,” according to a study published in the Journal of Homosexuality. Investigators found that “about three-quarters of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults aged 18 to 64 surveyed in Massachusetts said they had revealed their sexual orientation to their parents, typically when they were about 25 years old.” The story adds, “Rates of mental health and substance-abuse problems were significantly lower among those who received support from their parents than among those who felt rejected, the study found.”

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— “Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds,” Robert Preidt , HealthDay, April 13, 2012.

Exercise May Help Reduce Fatigue, Depression In Breast Cancer Patients.

The Huffington Post (4/14, Chan) reported, “Exercise could be the secret weapon to help breast cancer patients combat common side effects of cancer and cancer treatments,” according to research presented at a Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting.

HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) reported, “University of Miami researchers examined the physical activity levels and mental/physical health of 240 women with non-metastatic breast cancer…who were recruited for the study four to 10 weeks after surgery.”

WebMD (4/14, Boyles) reported, “Half the women took part in a 10-week, group-based behavioral therapy program aimed at reducing stress, while the other half participated in a much less intensive, single-day educational session.” The investigators “found that women who increased the time they spent engaged in physical activity between the time of surgery and other treatments had less fatigue-related disruptions in everyday activities.” The researchers reported that “women in both groups who exercised more also experienced less depression and scored higher on tests measuring quality of life.”

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— “Exercise Could Lower Fatigue And Depression In Breast Cancer Patients: Study,” Amanda L. Chan , The Huffington Post, April 13, 2012.

People With Mental Illnesses May Be More Likely To Report Chronic Health Conditions.

HealthDay (4/14, Preidt) reported, “Adults with mental illness are more likely to have certain types of chronic physical health problems than those without mental illness,” according to a report (pdf) issued April 5 by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “The report said adults aged 18 and older who had any type of mental illness in the past year had higher rates of high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.” In addition, “people with mental illness had higher rates of emergency-department use and hospitalization,” the report found.

“Those with any mental illness, serious mental illness, or a major depressive episode also had greater use of healthcare resources,” MedPage Today (4/14, Neale) pointed out. “Among those with any mental illness, for example, the rate of emergency department use was 38.8% (versus 27.1% for those who reported no mental illness) and the rate of hospitalization was 15.1% (versus 10.1%).”

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— “Mental Illness Tied to Higher Rates of Physical Problems: Report,”Robert Preidt , HealthDay, April 13, 2012.

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