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June 3, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
If you suspect you're not getting enough sleep, you're probably right: A new survey says 83% of Americans don't get a good night's sleep on a consistent basis. Why not? Stress and anxiety were cited as the top reason by 48% of the 1,008 adults interviewed by the polling firm Harris Interactive. In addition, 47% of those surveyed said they simply weren't able to turn off their thoughts. Science and Health: Sign up for our email newsletter Among other culprits: * 38% of Americans said pain interfered with their ability to catch the necessary ZZZZs.
May 22, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
An advisory panel to the Food & Drug Administration has recommended approval of a new sleep drug that targets the brain's wakefulness centers, but suggested the agency should consider a dose of the drug,  called suvorexant, lower  than that proposed by the medication's maker, Merck. In doing so, members of the FDA's advisory committee on peripheral and central nervous system drugs appeared to agree with concerns raised by FDA staff scientists that, at higher doses, the sleep medication may cause dangerous next-day drowsiness in some patients.
May 20, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Operating on just four hours of sleep and trailed by a swarm of journalists, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel asked for votes and talked up the historic nature of her campaign during a lunchtime stop in Chinatown. "I'm the most qualified candidate, and I would be -- I will be -- the first woman mayor," she told two women eating French dip sandwiches at Philippe The Original. To an elderly woman with a walker, Greuel said: "You've lived to meet the first woman mayor of Los Angeles!"
May 8, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The links between sleep and cancer are now so many, you could build a chain. A new study has found that for men who suffer insomnia and unwelcome wakefulness, the risk of prostate cancer is greater than for those whose sleep is undisrupted. That research expands on a growing body of evidence that men and women whose sleep is short, broken or of poor quality are at higher risk of developing a wide range of cancers. Research has long linked overnight shift work -- and the circadian rhythm disruptions that are common with it -- as a risk factor for breast cancer and endometrial cancers in women.
May 4, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
After more than two days of combating flames and hacking away at brush with axes and chain saws, hundreds of exhausted firefighters tried to steal a few minutes' sleep on Saturday morning in a makeshift city that sprouted almost overnight along a rural road in Camarillo. Then, with flames hopscotching along nearby ridgelines, the firefighters from as far away as Oregon, Idaho and Arizona geared up once again to protect lives and property from the devastating wildfire. The mini-city known as the Springs Fire Incident Command Post is equipped to serve three meals a day - along with providing medical supplies, shower and laundry facilities and tents to catnap in - to the 1,865 firefighters deployed to Ventura County over the last three days.
April 29, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Rumors that the Beastie Boys would soon be penning a memoir were confirmed on Monday by the book's U.K. publisher, Faber & Faber: " Yes, it is true ," the imprint's blog said. The book will be released in the U.S. by Spiegel & Grau, and is planned for fall 2015. The book, by surviving Beasties Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) will rely on oral storytelling as its primary narrative technique. The third member of the group, Adam Yaunch (MCA), succumbed to cancer last year.
April 12, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The profane book for adults written in the form of a children's book, "Go the F--  to Sleep," may soon be coming to a multiplex near you. The husband-and-wife writing team, actors Ken Marino and Erica Oyama, have signed on to adapt the book for the screen. Marino was one of the stars of the cult hit "Party Down. " More recently, he's directed and starred in the spoof of "The Bachelor"-style shows, "Burning Love," a Yahoo Internet series coming to the cable channel E. Oyama is the series' writer and creator.
April 4, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Prescription sleep medications can be balm for the insomniac, but for many who take medications marketed as Ambien, Restoril and Lunesta, they can come with a cost: fogginess that can last into the next day. An experimental medication may help induce sleep without the hangover of impaired attention, memory and learning that is common with so-called hypnotic sedatives now available to consumers. The investigational drug works on receptors in a region of the brain that's key for allowing us to fall into slumber: the lateral hypothalamus, where molecules called orexins are released throughout the day to keep us alert and awake.
March 25, 2013 | By David Ng
The tall stalk of pale, Scottish androgyny known as Tilda Swinton has brought her 1995 performance-art piece "The Maybe" to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The piece, which requires the Oscar-winning actress to lie inside a transparent box for hours at a stretch, is expected to be performed periodically during the year, according to reports. MoMA didn't publicize Swinton's project, nor has it provided a schedule of her appearances. News of the actress' arrival to the museum came Saturday from the website Gothamist, which has  photos of Swinton lying in a state of repose as museum visitors look on.  Swinton's "The Maybe" has prompted a number of amused Tweets from cultural VIPs and other observers.
March 22, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
SACRAMENTO - For the first five games of the CIF state basketball championships played Friday at Sleep Train Arena, shooters were off target. Again and again. Four of the 10 teams didn't make it out of the 20s in shooting percentage. And Southern California teams won every game. By the final game of the night, the Division I championship, hometown favorite Elk Grove Pleasant Grove finally gave Northern California fans something to cheer about. With senior guards Matthew Hayes and Malik Thames scoring from outside and an ailing Jordan Mathews failing to reach any kind of comfort zone, Pleasant Grove was able to dominate Santa Monica en route to a 73-57 victory to gain the school's first state championship.
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