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Sleep Apnea and Brain Damage: What Women Should Know

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These areas are involved in decision-making and mood regulation.

They also found that these women had greater anxiety and depression symptoms. Compared to men, they had more damage to the brain cells.

The researchers noted that these findings suggest that women may need treatment earlier than men. Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and surgery.


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UCLA Newsroom. Women with Sleep Apnea Have Higher Degree of Brain Damage than Men, UCLA Study Shows. Web. 12 December 2012.

Reviewed December 12, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Thank you for sharing such important research. Sleep apnea has so many effects on people it really is one of those very silent killers.

December 12, 2012 - 5:05pm
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