Jul 20, 2015
By April Anderson
Positive news for people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
At a conference held in Washington, International scientists say they are cautiously optimistic they may finally be on the right track to fight Alzheimer’s.
Studies show sleep deprivation increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by causing brain-clogging goop that, in turn, further interrupts sleep.
That’s the word from Maria Carrillo, who’s the Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. She says recent studies with mice showed how important sleep is in preventing Alzheimer’s.
Researchers also say treating high-risk people long before any symptoms appear is the best hope in stalling the disease, if not preventing it.
Scientific studies being carried out around the world have researchers hopeful there will be more breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease. One of those studies is being conducted at The University of Alberta, where teams are working on developing a saliva test for earlier markers of cognitive decline.