Diet soft drinks associated with stroke and dementia

Diet soft drink consumption has been found to be associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia according to new research published in the medical journal Stroke. When compared with those who didn’t drink diet soft drink, those with the highest consumption increased their risk of ischemic stroke by 196% and Alzheimer’s disease by 189%.



Aromatherapy improves sleep in elderly with dementia

In a recent study researchers investigated the effects of inhalation aromatherapy on sleep disturbance in elderly individuals with dementia. In 19 participants, normal sleep was observed for a 20-day control period, inhalation aromatherapy was then applied for a 20-day intervention period, and the control and intervention periods were compared. During the intervention period, essential oils were placed nightly on towels around the participants’ pillows. The results showed total sleep time was significantly longer in the intervention period than in the control period. The duration of the longest sustained sleep period was significantly longer and early morning awakening was significantly less in the intervention period compared to that in the control period.