More Sleep to Avoid Memory Loss? (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary

A further critical appraisal of a dementia-related topic appearing in the news has been issued by the NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” team.

Age-related shrinking in the prefrontal cortex is associated with impairment in the ability of older adults to remember new information. This link might be related to how much short wave brain activity older people have during sleep.

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Reference

Does getting more sleep reduce memory loss? London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, January 28th 2013.

This relates to:

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Reference

Mander, BA. Rao, V. [and] Lu, B. [et al] (2013). Prefrontal atrophy, disrupted NREM slow waves and impaired hippocampal-dependent memory in aging. Nature Neuroscience, Published online, January 27th 2013. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

See also:

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Reference

Gallagher, J. (2013). Boosting sleep ‘may slow memory rot’. London: BBC News, January 28th 2013.

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