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Study: Computerized cognitive training may help patients with mild cognitive impairment (less so once diagnosed with dementia)

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Brain Gain: Computerized Training May Boost Cognition in MCI (Medscape):

“Computerized cognitive training (CCT) for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) appears to have a beneficial effect on global cognition, memory, and attention and improves psychosocial functioning, including depressive symptoms, Read the rest of this entry »

Study points to growing cognitive gap between high-volume TV watchers and infrequent watchers

watching tv adultToo Much TV And Chill Could Reduce Brain Power Over Time (NPR):

“Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco checked in with 3,247 people for 25 years, starting when they were young adults…People who got little exercise or watched at least three hours of TV a day did worse Read the rest of this entry »

Study: High television viewing and low physical activity can significantly worsen long-term cognitive function

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Too much TV, low physical activity may worsen cognitive function (Medical News Today):

“The team’s study included more than 3,200 adults aged 18-30…Over 25 years, the researchers recorded participants’ television viewing time and physical activity levels…In the study, high television viewing was defined as more than 4 hours daily, while low physical activity was defined as Read the rest of this entry »

Why Both Aerobic and Cognitive Exercise Promote Brain Health

USC Davis researcher Liz Zelinski just brought to our attention a very insightful meta-analysis  (systematic analysis of previous scientific studies) titled Extended practice and aerobic exercise interventions benefit untrained cognitive outcomes in older adults: a meta-analysis.

Research on ‘Chemo Brain’: MRI Shows Brain Changes After Chemotherapy

‘Chemo Brain’: MRI Shows Brain Changes After Chemotherapy (Medscape):

– “Breast cancer survivors who have been treated with chemotherapy show significant changes in brain activity, measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), according to a study published in the November issue of the Archives of Neurology.”

– “The finding validates patients’ claims of reduced cognitive function after receiving chemotherapy, a phenomenon referred to as “chemo brain,” said lead author Shelli R. Kesler, PhD, from Stanford University School of Medicine in California.”

Link to study Prefrontal Cortex and Executive Function Impairments in Primary Breast Cancer (Archives of Neurology): Read the rest of this entry »

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