Scientists have long assumed that sleep apnea and Alzheimer's are related, but this has only now been confirmed. Icelandic experts, together with their Australian colleagues from the Royal Melbourne University of Technology, found that the same area of the brain is damaged in both cases.
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Scientists still cannot determine the cause of Alzheimer's disease, but they do know that amyloid plaques, which are toxic to brain cells, are an indicator of the disease. New work has shown that in Alzheimer's disease and sleep apnea, they form in the same part of the brain. According to the head of the study, Stephen Robinson, the relationship between these diagnoses has been known for a long time, but what exactly unites them has been a mystery until now.
The discovery of amyloid plaques in the brains of people with sleep apnea is an important breakthrough in understanding the connection between the two conditions. It opens up new directions for scientists developing methods of treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.
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