Tomorrow’s Health: breast cancer, teen sleep & sleepy drivers

Tomorrow's Health for October 1, 2019

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A new study of post-menopausal women with aggressive breast cancer found adding a targeted therapy drug called ribociclib to standard hormone therapy significantly improved their overall survival.

Researchers at UCLA found survival rates were 58 percent for the combined treatment compared to 46 percent for hormone therapy alone.

Teen sleep therapy

Light therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy together were more successful in improving teenagers sleep than either of the treatments alone.

Researchers at Stanford say the combined therapy, which included flashes of light to help reset the teens' circadian clocks, helped the teenagers get 43 more minutes of sleep per night.

Asleep behind the wheel

A survey of truck drivers finds nearly 10 percent suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.

Researchers in Italy also found 21 percent complained of sleepiness during the day.

The CDC says drowsy driving is a major problem and may be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal crashes in the U.S. each year.

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