March 22, 2013

Acting Out Dreams During Sleep May Signal Dementia

By Logan Lafferty

"While it is, of course, true that not everyone who has this sleep disorder develops dementia with Lewy bodies, as many as 75 to 80 percent of men with dementia with Lewy bodies in our Mayo database did experience REM sleep behavior disorder. So it is a very powerful marker for the disease," study lead investigator Melissa Murray, a neuroscientist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, said in a Mayo news release. She said these findings could improve diagnosis and treatment of this type of dementia.

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Tags: dementia, Dr. Melissa Murray, dreams, HealthDay, Lewy Body Dementia, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Neurology, REM sleep, Research

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