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Sleeping Problems, Pollution and Alzheimer’s Risk

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) Two separate studies have identified additional risks for Alzheimer's disease.
Preliminary results from an investigation performed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., suggest that disrupted sleep may be linked to Alzheimer's. After monitoring the sleep patterns of 100 men and women between the ages of 45 and 80, half of whom had a family history of Alzheimer's, the researchers found that those who awakened more than five times per hour were more likely to have the accumulations of amyloid plaque characteristic of the disease, than those who had fewer sleep disruptions…
Another study … found a faster, long-term decline in thinking and memory skills in women living in highly polluted areas although some of these geographic locations were considered "generally safe" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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