U.S. News & World Report recently published an article "Are Late Nights, Little Exercise and a Lack of Veggies Aging Your Kids?", which presents recent findings from FFCWS research on youth sleep and telomere length. Using data from our Year 9 wave, the study found that telomeres were shorter in children who slept less.
In the article, FFCWS Co-I Dr. Daniel Notterman notes “Telomere length may be a particularly useful biomarker when assessing health in pediatric populations, because disparities in telomere length emerge before the manifestation of chronic health conditions in adulthood.”
The article focuses on a paper in press at The Journal of Pediatrics written by Sarah James, Sara McLanahan, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Colter Mitchell, Lisa Schneper, Brandon Wagner, and Daniel Notterman. To read the original paper's abstract, click here.