Sleep duration linked to lung cancer risk
As reported in BMC Public Health, men (age range, 42-60 years) who slept < 7 h/night or > 8 h/night are at increased risk for lung cancer. Specifically, amongst current smokers, the HR for lung cancer in men who slept < 6.5 h/night or > 8 h/night was 2.23 and 2.09, respectively. It is thought that melatonin excretion and/or low-grade inflammation account for this observation.
Psoriasis associated with NAFLD in elderly
As reported in the Journal of the American Academy for Dermatology, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is more common in patients > 55 years of age with psoriasis. The prevalence of NAFLD in patients with and without psoriasis was 46.2% and 33.3% (OR = 1.7), respectively.
Psychomotor speed predicts social function in schizophrenics
As reported in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, slow psychomotor speed predicts poor 5-y social function (OR=3.37) in patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum. Global cognitive function and verbal learning ability had no association with subsequent social function.