In the News: Sleep and Lung Cancer Are Linked, Human Eggs Grow to Maturity in a Lab, Drinking Soda May Cause Infertility

Research finds a link between sleep and lung cancer progression. We know that getting enough sleep is an important rule for overall general health, but a few recent studies have emerged, leading sleep experts and lung doctors to believe there is a link between disrupted sleep and development or worsened prognosis of lung cancer. In a study using mice, frequent sleep interruptions, particularly those caused by sleep apnea, led to far faster tumor growth. This is because poor sleep and circadian rhythm disruption may play a role in how your immune system functions. This is even more of an issue, according to a professor of neural science, because lung cancer patients are already prone to poor sleep due to breathing difficulty and associated anxiety. However, he provided a few techniques for both people who are currently suffering from lung cancer and those who are looking for preventive options. Keep a regular bedtime and wake-up time, try to meditate before bed, keep your bedroom dark during all sleep hours, and avoid naps. Also, be sure to control pain right away as it can keep you up. You should keep these sleep hygiene habits even if you’ve been given a sleep aid while in treatment. Want to sleep better? Here are five easy steps. (USNEWS)

Human eggs have grown to maturity in a lab for the first time. Scientists have previously developed mouse eggs to a live offspring and matured human eggs from a late stage of development, but this is the first time that anyone has been able to mature human eggs from the most rudimentary stage of ovarian tissue outside the human body. The researchers acknowledged that they have to find more consistent success in order to confirm the most optimal conditions for healthy egg development. However, this achievement has been respected as hugely impressive and influential in the field and has critical implications for future strides in infertility treatment, including allowing cancer patients to preserve their fertility while undergoing chemotherapy. It also deepens the scientific understanding of human life as we know it so it may contribute to the treatment of other illnesses and regenerative medicines. (NBC)

Drinking one or more sugary sodas a day could promote infertility in either partner. Research conducted by Boston University School of Public Health found significant fertility-related findings when surveying 3,828 women between the ages of 21 to 45 trying to get pregnant and 1,045 of their male partners. Soda consumption showed a 20 percent lower chance of getting pregnant each month, with a 33 percent lower chance if the male was the one consuming the beverage. There did not appear to be a link between infertility and consumption of juice or diet soda. About 15% of couples in North America struggle with infertility, so studies such as this one are particularly pertinent right now, with many trying to look at diet-related risk factors. This research supports the recommendation of limiting sugary beverages in many fertility diets but is different in that it suggests just one soda a day could have an effect. Try Dr. Oz’s four-week detox to banish soda for good. (USNEWS)