Washington D.C: According to new study, improper sleep may worsen the kidney function and may lead to kidney failure.The findings that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago suggested that not getting enough sleep was linked with worsening kidney function in patients with chronic kidney disease. Although there is increasing evidence that sleep disorders are common in individuals with CKD, its link with CKD progression is unknown. To investigate, Ana C. Ricardo, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago) and her colleagues examined the sleep patterns of 432 adults with CKD. The participants wore a wrist monitor for five to seven days to measure sleep duration and quality, and their health was followed for a median of five years. The participants slept an average of 6.5 hours/night, and during follow-up, 70 individuals developed kidney failure and 48 individuals died. After adjusting for socio-demographic factors, body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and baseline kidney function, each additional hour of nighttime sleep was linked with a 19 percent lower risk of developing kidney failure. There was also a significant association between sleep quality and kidney failure risk: each one percent increase in sleep fragmentation was linked with a four percent increase in the risk of developing kidney failure. Also, the patients who experienced daytime sleepiness were 10 percent more likely to die during follow-up than those who were not sleepy during the day.
8.Experts call for full immunisation for every child
Terming immunisation as a very cost-effective child survival intervention, experts have sought concrete steps to ensure full immunisation in order to check infant mortality caused by vaccine-preventable diseases.
Speaking at a discussion on “Immunization for all: Improving the Health of Children” here, they noted that in India, a child dies every minute from vaccine preventable diseases. India also accounts for almost a fifth of all global under-five deaths, mostly caused by vaccine-preventable diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrhoea. To create awareness about child health and the importance of immunisation, Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation organised the meet yesterday as part of their annual event IDEATE 2016 in partnership with Global Health Strategies. “When we know how to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases but we fail to act, and let a child develop disease or succumb to it, we are guilty of dereliction of duty,” said T Jacob John, Emeritus Professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore. “Full immunisation is the birth-right of every child, rural or urban, poor or rich,” said John.