Today’s Headlines: Long Naps Might Indicate Risk for Diabetes, Drug Researchers To Face Stronger Regulations, and Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise

In a presentation at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes this week, researchers argued that those who take long naps are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes (which is often referred to as a lifestyle-related disease). The researchers reviewed 21 studies, which involved more than 300,000 people in total. “Their research found there was a link between long daytime naps of more than 60 minutes and a 45% increased risk of type-2 diabetes, compared with no daytime napping – but there was no link with naps of less than 40 minutes.” Researchers have yet to distinguish whether long naps are a cause or symptom of type 2 diabetes. (BBC)

Soon, drug companies and researchers will be required to reveal negative clinical findings. Government agencies announced the change in policy as a measure to ensure that all data, positive and negative, is released. “The rules will apply to most studies of drugs, biological products and medical devices regulated by the FDA. In addition, scientists conducting NIH-funded behavioral studies and phase 1 clinical trials – where a new drug or treatment is given to a small group of people for the first time to evaluate safety, safe dose range and side effects – will also now have to share information.” The agencies responsible for ensuring that researchers comply with the new policy intend to build a substantial online database for the public—the database will be housed at ClinicalTrials.gov, which currently lacks important information about clinical trials because of existing regulation policies. (CBS)

In a new study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers suggest that up to 31 million Americans over the age of 50 lead sedentary lives. Researchers reached this estimate by analyzing surveillance data. “Other findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study are that geographically, people in the South were the least active—39% of adults in Arkansas were inactive, more than in any other state—followed by the Midwest. People in the West were the least inactive.” If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, incorporate light movement into your daily routine and build up more physical activity as your body adjusts. Get started with the beginner-friendly No Excuses: Workout Series. (Time)