Obstructive sleep apnea and cognitive impairment: addressing the blood-brain barrier.

@article{Lim2014ObstructiveSA,
  title={Obstructive sleep apnea and cognitive impairment: addressing the blood-brain barrier.},
  author={Diane C Lim and Allan I. Pack},
  journal={Sleep medicine reviews},
  year={2014},
  volume={18 1},
  pages={35-48}
}
Increasing data support a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cognitive impairment but a causal link has yet to be established. Although neuronal loss has been linked to cognitive impairment, emerging theories propose that changes in synaptic plasticity can cause cognitive impairment. Studies demonstrate that disruption to the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which is uniquely structured to tightly maintain homeostasis inside the brain, leads to changes in the brain's… CONTINUE READING
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