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Sleep disorders in Alzheimer’s disease: chicken or egg?

The sleeping brain Sleep has a vital restorative function, important for optimal day-time functioning. The brain’s activity during sleep can be detected with a device called electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures and records the electrical activity in the brain. EEG studies … Continue reading

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Moderate consumption of alcohol may protect your brain

Long term alcohol abuse can lead to brain shrinkage (both gray and white matter), impairment of mental capacities and dementia. Conversely, moderate alcohol use seems to have positive impact on brain function. Structural brain changes The long-term effects of alcohol … Continue reading

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The smoking brain

Smoking has been associated with increased risk of vascular disease, including vascular dementia and stroke. Smokers have poorer blood supply to the brain and have an increased risk of damage to the brain as a result of interrupted blood flow … Continue reading

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High blood pressure can slowly and quietly damage your brain

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. During each heartbeat, blood pressure varies between a maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) pressure. If this pressure rises and … Continue reading

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