Snooze on your side? How your sleep position can impact your health

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Studies have shown that poor sleep — a lack of sleep or waking several times throughout the night — is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Experts know that bad sleep bolsters the development of amyloids beta, peptides involved in the formation of the degenerative brain disease.

Researchers at Stony Brook wondered if different sleep positions influenced amyloid beta in the brain. They examined rats and found that sleeping on the side makes it easier for the brain to eliminate the amyloid beta.

While sleepers take for granted their positions, doctors know that how people snooze can reveal health problems. People with sleep apnea, cardiac disease, acid reflux, or neurological disease with impaired swallowing often sleep inclined on their backs.




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Omar Sharif, Star of ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ Dies of Heart Attack at 83



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Hollywood actor Omar Sharif who rose to fame for his roles in “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago” has died. He was 83.

He passed away in Cairo on Friday afternoon after suffering a heart attack, his agent told NBC News.

He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His best friend, Egypt’s former Antiquities Minister, Zahi Hawass, described how the illness had taken hold in recent years.


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The Moment An Alzheimer’s Patient Remembers Her Daughter Will Melt Your Heart

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It’s the most painful part of Alzheimer’s, when your own parent can’t remember your face, let alone your name. But for one daughter of a dementia patient, she got to experience the joy of having her mother recognize her, if only for a moment.

YouTube user Kelly Gunderson uploaded this touching video of a visit with her mother, simply stating, “My 87 year old mother with Alzheimer’s knew who I was, even if just for a moment.”

The short clip shows the moment Gunderson’s mother remembers her daughter’s name, much to her daughter’s surprise. “Didn’t I name you Kelly?” the mother says.


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Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s

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It is one of the big scientific mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease: Why do some people whose brains accumulate the plaques and tangles so strongly associated with Alzheimer’s not develop the disease?

Now, a series of studies by  suggests a possible answer, one that could lead to new treatments if confirmed by other research.

The memory and thinking problems of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect an estimated seven million Americans, may be related to a failure in the brain’s stress response system, the new research suggests. If this system is working well, it can protect the brain from abnormal Alzheimer’s proteins; if it gets derailed, critical areas of the brain start degenerating.

An Alzheimer’s patient receiving help in Noblesville, Ind. It is not yet possible to measure the levels of a protein that is the focus of a study, a gene regulator called REST, in living people.
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Landmark Alzheimer’s Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain

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The conundrum has stumped doctors for years. Why do neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s affect only the elderly? Why do some people live to be over 100 with normal brain functioning while others develop dementia decades earlier?

Now, a new study by Harvard scientists points to a possible answer, one that could spark further research that — ultimately — could lead to new drugs and treatments for dementia.

Researchers have found that a protein active during fetal brain development, called REST, switches back on later in life to protect aging neurons from various stresses, including the toxic effects of abnormal proteins. But in those with Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment, the protein — RE1-Silencing Transcription factor — is absent from key brain regions.

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Alzheimer’s Hits Women Hardest, Report Finds

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Women are carrying the bigger burden of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., according to a new report — making up not only most of the cases, but paying more of the cost of caring for the growing population of people with the mind-destroying illness.

The new report from the Alzheimer’s Association paints Alzheimer’s as a disease that disproportionately affects women, both as patients and as caregivers. It points out that women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

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Alzheimer’s toll may rank with cancer, heart disease


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Alzheimer’s disease ravages the brain, robbing its victims not only of their memories but often their ability to do things as basic as swallowing.

Now, a study of aging patients suggests its true toll may top half a million lives a year — a figure that would put Alzheimer’s just below heart disease and cancer on the list of America’s top killers.

The incurable, degenerative brain disease was blamed for 83,000-plus U.S. fatalities in 2010, making it the sixth-leading cause of death that year.

But its true toll may be as much as six times that, said Bryan James, an epidemiologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago.

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