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Dental Device for Snoring May Slow Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

December 1, 2021
by Center for BrainHealth

A good night’s sleep plays an essential role in regulating brain health by removing the waste material and toxins that accumulate. Although many things can disturb sleep, one of the most common causes is snoring or other breathing issues that cause obstructive sleep apnea. A team of researchers from Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University sought to understand the relationship between breathing rate during sleep and cognitive function, and how a snoring intervention affects brain health.

The findings were published recently in Geriatrics by the team that included BrainHealth researchers Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., chief director; Namrata Das, Ph.D., MD, MPH, a research neuroscientist in Alzheimer’s disease; and Jeffrey Spence, Ph.D., director of biostatistics. Lead researcher Preetam Schramm, Ph.D., a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University, designed the interventional study and provided the sleep science expertise.

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