A recent research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, finds that sleep apnea, a common disorder that interferes with the breathing while sleeping, is connected to the changes in brain structure similar to changes seen in early dementia.
For the study, 83 participants were involved with the age from 51 to 88. They reported memory and mood problems to their doctors. None of them was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) They underwent memory tests and MRI brain scans.
Having analyzed the received data, the scientists concluded that a low level of oxygen in blood during sleep was associated with the loss of thickness of the right and left temporal lobes of the brain. These brain structures play important role in memory processes and proved to be changed in dementia.
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A new study suggests that a combination of broad-based treatments and personalized therapy can counteract memory loss resulted from the Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers invited 10 patients with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive impairment to test a 36-point therapeutic program including patient’s diet, sleep, exercise, intake of medicines and vitamins, and brain stimulation.
After receiving the course of this treatment, all patients demonstrated certain improvements in memory and cognition. Some of them were even able to complete tasks that have become impossible for them due to declining in their mental abilities.
Dale Bredesen, a study researcher from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, reports: “The magnitude of the improvement is unprecedented, providing additional objective evidence that his programmatic approach to cognitive decline is highly effective.”