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COVID-19 skeptics and deniers: Why some people stick to deadly beliefs

Despite all of the public health warnings, many people are still ignoring instructions to socially distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many influential people are downplaying the severity of the virus, and convincing others that coronavirus is not as serious as health professionals would have us believe. In light of this, researchers discuss why some people stick to their beliefs and act with skepticism, despite overwhelming contradictory evidence.... Read More...
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Disrupted sleep in one’s 50s, 60s raises risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Sleep disruptions during middle age may be a potential biomarker for developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. Researchers found those who experienced sleep problems in their 40s and 50s had more amyloid beta accumulation in their brains later in life. Those whose sleep problems started in their 50s and 60s had increased levels of tau. Additionally, higher levels of tau were discovered in the brains of those who lacked synchronized brain waves associated with a good night's sleep.... Read More...