Sleep disorder may signal specific dementia type, study says

03/22/2013 | HealthDay News

U.S. researchers said acting out dreams during sleep may be a sign of dementia with Lewy bodies, which are accumulations of a protein in the brain often seen in patients with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. Lead researcher Melissa Murray of the Mayo Clinic in Florida said screening dementia patients for the sleep disorder could help identify who can benefit from drugs that treat some of the symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies.

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