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Medical News & Perspectives
November 1, 2000

Sleep Disorders, Often Unrecognized, Complicate Many Physical Illnesses

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JAMA. 2000;284(17):2173-2175. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2173

Las Vegas—Many medical illnesses disrupt sleep and impair alertness. Moreover, sleep disorders may coexist with medical disorders in people of all ages. Improving sleep problems in the medically ill, sleep specialists say, may enhance patients' overall health and quality of life.

Researchers explored sleep-related symptoms and new approaches to treatment for Parkinson disease (PD), Alzheimer disease (AD), multiple sclerosis (MS), gastrointestinal tract disorders, renal disease, and other illnesses at the annual joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society here during the summer.

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