A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the first to show (in an animal model) how fragmented sleep directly impacts tumor growth and aggressiveness. The study titled “Fragmented sleep accelerates tumor growth and progression through recruitment of tumor-associated macrophages and TLR4 signaling” appeared in Cancer Research. According to a summary of the study, sleep-deprived mice given the same cancer-inducing treatment developed larger, more aggressive tumors than well-rested mice.
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