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Link between sleep disorders and dementia

Older women suffering from sleep-relating breathing problems could be more susceptible to problems with mental function and dementia.

A new study involving almost 300 women found that those with some form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) had a much higher chance of developing mild cognitive impairment, or even dementia, than those who did not have SDB.

Although no men took part in the research it is believed they would be similarly affected.

The researchers said the study showed we needed to look more closely at the link between SDB and mental function.

If we can find better ways to treat, or prevent, SDB we may be able to prevent the development or at least slow down the development of cognitive impairment in older Americans, they added.

Read more at The Journal of the American Medical Association

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