Author: Darinel Aizprua

Why might sleep apnea raise dementia risk?

A common disorder that repeatedly interrupts breathing during sleep is tied to changes in brain structure that are also seen in early dementia. How are OSA and dementia linked? This was the main finding of new research into obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in older adults that is now published in the European Respiratory Journal. In…

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How do your conversations affect your well-being?

We know that being social is good for us, and talking with others can be a great way to relieve stress and improve relationships. But should we favor longer, deeper conversations over small talk? A new study investigates. Do you prefer chit-chat or deep, existential conversations? A few years ago, Prof. Matthias Mehl — at…

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Dementia linked to ‘chronic, rather than temporary’ inflammation

Heightened levels of brain inflammation biomarkers have been linked to the development of dementia, but it remains unclear whether inflammation must be present long-term in order to affect brain health. New research finds evidence that chronic inflammation may be tied to dementia. Last year, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that elevated inflammation…

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New potential risk factor for heart failure

A body measure that can be taken in a painless and noninvasive way as easily as stepping onto scales might predict a person’s risk of future heart failure. Heart failure affects millions of people around the world. The measure is called leg bioimpedance. Body composition machines use bioimpedance to calculate body fat by measuring how…

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Tinnitus: Mindfulness may succeed where other treatments fail

New findings add to evidence that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may help people with tinnitus — particularly those who have tried other treatments but to no avail. Tinnitus is often characterized by an incessant ringing sound in the ears. In tinnitus, a person hears noises even though there is no external source for the sound. Approximately…

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