Insufficient Sleep May Be Linked To Larger Waist – Research Suggests

ABC World News Tonight (8/1, story 14, 0:20, Muir) reported, “People who sleep six hours of sleep a night tend to be heavier than those who sleep nine hours,” researchers found. The study also suggests “shorter sleep is linked to high blood pressure.”

NBC Nightly News (8/1, story 11, 0:20, Holt) reported, “Fewer hours of sleep can affect your hormones, metabolism and cholesterol level,” the study revealed.

USA Today (8/1, Diebel) reports that the research indicates individuals “who sleep about six hours a night had a waist 1.2 inches larger than those getting nine hours of sleep a night.” The research was published in the journal PLOS One.

The Washington Times (8/1, Kelly) reports that the study authors “noted that positive numbers associated with metabolic syndrome criteria…were also present in participants who slept longer, but they believe this is a result of the lower BMI and waist circumference and not longer sleep directly.”

Teens Heading Back To School Need Certain Vaccinations

TODAY (8/7, Fox) reports that teens heading back to school need to have vaccines against bacterial meningitis, the human papillomavirus, and influenza. In addition, they should have “the combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine.” The Tdap vaccine is “an important booster, according to” former CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat. TODAY reminds readers that under the Affordable Care Act, “all insurers, public and private,” are required “to pay for ACIP-recommended vaccines without a co-pay.” For children without insurance, “more than 40,000 clinics and pediatricians’ offices are enrolled in the Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines free of charge.”

In a related video segment, TODAY (8/7) hostess Savannah Guthrie spoke with pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman Alanna Levine, MD, who discussed “the four vaccines parents should make sure their kids get, including meningitis, HPV, the flu vaccine and more.”