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Posted - Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.



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Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV... making news this week ... the benefits of getting just the right amount of sleep É how a good social network may help extend your life É and keeping kids safe this summer.

Some sleep experts recommend that adults aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and new research finds possible benefits from this advice. Researchers looked at the sleep habits of more than 56,000 adults who participated in a health-related study. People who got more or less than the recommended amount of shut-eye had a higher risk of several health issues including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Moving on: Having plenty of friends could be a real lifesaver. Researchers recently compiled 148 studies that looked for a possible connection between people's social relationships and their risk of death. Put together, all these studies showed that people with stronger social relationships had a 50-percent higher likelihood of survival. According to the researchers, it may be time for us to add social relationships to the list of other important factors that affect our health, like diet and exercise.

Finally: With temperatures hitting the triple digits in some parts of the country this summer, it's important to help ensure that kids stay safe in the heat. Health experts recommend that young people not play so hard when the temperature or humidity is especially high. They should also drink plenty of fluids before they go outside to play or participate in sports....and remember to keep drinking water or a sports drink periodically. Finally, they should wear a single layer of lightweight clothing that allows sweat to evaporate. IÕm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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