New device can detect Alzheimer’s earlier than before – Report

Scientists have found an unexpected use for virtual reality headsets to help pinpoint people who may later develop Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s, a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills, is the most common cause of dementia, the general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 per cent of dementia cases. The aim of the research-ers in the virtual reality headsets test is to identify potential Alzheimer’s disease patients far…

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Daytime sleepiness could be sign of Alzheimer

Scientists from the United States (US) said that men and women who reported feeling sleepy during the day have higher levels of brain plaques, which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. These are the findings of a new study published in the journal ‘Sleep’. Lead author, Adam P. Spira, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, U.S. said “if you’re falling asleep when you would rather be awake, that’s something that needs to be investigated. “It could be just insufficient sleep, or sleep…

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Sleep loss increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have said that losing just one night of sleep led to an immediate increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This is the findings of a new study by researchers at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). The amyloid beta denotes peptides of 36–43 amino acids that are crucially involved in Alzheimer’s disease as the main component of the amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation of amyloid plaques between…

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