Poor eyesight unfairly mistaken for brain decline

Journal Reference: Anne Macnamara, Victor R. Schinazi, Celia Chen, Scott Coussens, Tobias Loetscher. The effect of age-related macular degeneration on cognitive test performance. Scientific Reports, 2022; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-07924-8 Cognitive tests that rely on vision-dependent tasks could be skewing results in up to a quarter of people aged over 50 who have undiagnosed visual … Read more

Carbs, sugary foods may influence poor oral health

Journal Reference: Amy E. Millen, Runda Dahhan, Jo L. Freudenheim, Kathleen M. Hovey, Lu Li, Daniel I. McSkimming, Chris A. Andrews, Michael J. Buck, Michael J. LaMonte, Keith L. Kirkwood, Yijun Sun, Vijaya Murugaiyan, Maria Tsompana, Jean Wactawski-Wende. Dietary carbohydrate intake is associated with the subgingival plaque oral microbiome abundance and diversity in a cohort … Read more

Office buildings with infrequent water use may have poor water quality

Journal Reference: Elizabeth Montagnino, Caitlin R. Proctor, Kyungyeon Ra, Christian Ley, Yoorae Noh, Katie Vigil, Tiong Gim Aw, Sruthi Dasika, Andrew J. Whelton. Over the weekend: Water stagnation and contaminant exceedances in a green office building. PLOS Water, 2022; 1 (3): e0000006 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pwat.0000006 Many office buildings have decreased occupancy during weekends and holidays — … Read more

Having a poor score on a simple memory test may be linked to Alzheimer’s biomarkers

Journal Reference: Ellen Grober, Richard B. Lipton, Reisa A. Sperling, Kathryn V. Papp, Keith A. Johnson, Dorene M. Rentz, Amy E. Veroff, Paul S. Aisen, Ali Ezzati. Associations of Stages of Objective Memory Impairment (SOMI) with Amyloid PET and Structural MRI. Neurology, 2022; 10.1212/WNL.0000000000200046 DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000200046 “These findings suggest that this test can be used … Read more

Stress during pandemic linked to poor sleep

Journal Reference: Siny Tsang, Ally R. Avery, Edmund Y. W. Seto, Glen E. Duncan. Is COVID-19 Keeping us Up at Night? Stress, Anxiety, and Sleep Among Adult Twins. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2021; 15 DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2021.665777 In a survey of more than 900 twins taken shortly after COVID-19 lockdown measures began, about half of the respondents … Read more

Research delves into link between test anxiety and poor sleep

Journal Reference: Nancy Hamilton, Ronald Freche, Yichi Zhang, Gabriella Zeller, Ian Carroll. Test Anxiety and Poor Sleep: A Vicious Cycle. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2021; 28 (2): 250 DOI: 10.1007/s12529-021-09973-1 New research from the University of Kansas just published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine is shedding light on this biopsychosocial process that … Read more

Sick and drained: Research reveals toll of poor sleep among health care workers

Journal References: Franchesca Diaz, Talea Cornelius, Sean Bramley, Hadiah Venner, Kaitlin Shaw, Melissa Dong, Patrick Pham, Cara L. McMurry, Diane E. Cannone, Alexandra M. Sullivan, Sung A.J. Lee, Joseph E. Schwartz, Ari Shechter, Marwah Abdalla. The association between sleep and psychological distress among New York City healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Affective … Read more