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Insomnia symptoms linked to increased risk of stroke, heart attack

The study involved 487,200 people in China with an average age of 51. Participants had no history of stroke or heart disease at the beginning of the study. “These results suggest that if we can target people who are having trouble sleeping with behavioural therapies, it’s possible that we could reduce the number of cases […]

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Bipolar disorder may be linked to Parkinson’s disease, finds study

“Previous studies have shown a relationship between depression and Parkinson’s disease, but few studies have looked at whether there is a relationship between bipolar disorder and Parkinson’s,” said study author Mu-Hong Chen, MD, Ph.D., of Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan. For the study, researchers examined a national Taiwanese health database for people were diagnosed […]

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Having more depressive symptoms tied to increased risk of stroke

“Depression is common and often goes untreated, so these results could hold great promise as we learn more about how depression may affect people’s risk for stroke and other cardiovascular problems and ultimately develop ways to prevent these problems,” said study author Marialaura Simonetto, MD, of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in […]

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Being overweight can improve stroke survival chances by 62%

It may seem counterintuitive, but having some extra body fat may be linked to an increased chance of surviving a stroke, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019. Extra weight increases risks of stroke, kidney […]

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Excessive body fat around the abdomen tied to smaller brain size, reveals study

Grey matter contains most of the 100 billion nerve cells in the human brain. And scientists say the more grey matter that shrinks, the more likely someone could develop dementia. Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to a study published in the January 9, 2019, online […]

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Do you tend to kick and yell during sleep? Here’s why it happens

Taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder, according to a study published in the December 26, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

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