Today in Research: Sleeping Your Way to Memory Loss, Alzheimer's

Discovered: Glue from gecko feet, alcohol as a health food, sleeping your way to memory loss, and pregnant women should get dogs.

  • Sleeping your way to memory loss. Or rather, not sleeping your way there. People who don't sleep well may be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's, finds research that will be presented at  American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting. Bad sleepers shouldn't let the news keep them up at night: It's just a link, not that one causes the other. The research found that people who wake up more than five times an hour were more likely to have amyloid plaques, which is an early stage of Alzheimer's. Just try to sleep, if you can. [io9]
  • Alcohol as health food. For bugs. Sorry. But, fruit flies luck out, using booze as a way to fend off parasites, according to research out of Emory University. "We found that environmental alcohol protects fruit flies from being parasitized by wasps, and that, even after being infected, fruit fly consumption of alcohol leads to death of the wasps growing within them," said researcher Todd Schlenke. "Surprisingly, fly larvae actively seek out ethanol-containing food when infected, showing they use alcohol as an anti-wasp medicine." But, hey, maybe it works for humans infected with parasites, too? (Probably not. Don't try that.) [Current Biology]

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