The financial burden of the disease is also great. American families are believed to spend over $5,000 yearly on caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, and the national economic burden is estimated at $236 billion.

A new, large-scale study suggests people with prolonged sleeping patterns may have an increased risk of developing dementia.

The research was led by Dr. Sudha Seshadri, professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and the findings were published in the journal Neurology.

Researchers examined data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS). FHS is a large cohort study that started in 1948 by enrolling 5,209 men and women aged between 30 and 62 living in the town of Framingham, MA. The original purpose of the study was to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

 

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