The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,
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With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing
The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in
With 16 million people expected to have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050, researchers are in a race against time to find an effective treatment, or better yet, a cure. However, progress on a drug that might halt or reverse dementia has been slow, and largely disappointing. Over the
Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability severe enough to prevent someone from performing everyday activities. The cognitive skills affected can include all thinking skills, from the ability to make judgments to organizing speech, although memory loss is by
A diminished sense of smell could be a symptom of something as harmless as a seasonal allergy, or it could be a sign of a heightened dementia risk. People who become visually or hearing impaired often find ways to maintain a wonderful quality of life, while others find those sensory
Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy
Lack of sleep is only the beginning; the effects of working night shift include everything from obesity to a higher risk of heart disease.
Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?
The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of vascular
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to awaken you. Or your