MedDay – January 25, 2019

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – A new study finds lack of sleep speeds up Alzheimer’s-related brain damage. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found sleep disruption increased levels of the key Alzheimer’s-protein “tau” and caused the protein to spread rapidly. Researchers suggest good sleep habits may help preserve brain health.

Slim people have a genetic advantage when it comes to maintaining their weight. That’s the findings of a large new study from the University of Cambridge. Researchers found thin people had fewer genetic variants that are known to increase a person’s chances of being overweight.

And almost all Americans say they ‘always or sometimes’ look for healthy options when food shopping. But the survey — co-sponsored by the American Heart Association — found only 28-percent of shoppers say it’s easy to find healthy foods. 11 percent say it’s difficult.

Those are some of the day’s top health stories. Meg Oliver, CBS News, New York.

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