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Prescription Sleeping Pill Use Tied to Cancer
Date:8/18/2008

ypnotics cause cancer."

But both he and Friedman -- who congratulated Kripke for raising this important issue even though the reviewer remained somewhat skeptical of a causal link -- urge caution and suggest that regulatory bodies and the U.S. National Institutes of Health keep an eye on cancer cases reported by sleeping pill users.

The Journal of Sleep Research is published by Wiley-Blackwell and can be accessed online at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/jsr

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A researcher at Scripps Clinic has published an article in the Journal of Sleep Research indicating that people who use popular prescription sleeping pills are more likely to develop cancer than those who do not use sleeping pills.

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-- Daniel Kripke, M.D., study author, Co-Director for Research, Scripps Clinic Sleep Center


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