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Study: Hearing aids, by reducing cognitive load, can improve brain function in persons with hearing loss

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UTEP professor shows that hearing aids improve memory, speech (press release):

“A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive deficits continue long term in cancer survivors in domains important for social and executive functioning

elderly_senior_memory_loss_confusionCognitive Deficits Continue Long Term in Cancer Survivors (Medscape):

“Although cancer patients frequently experience short-term cognitive deficits, little is known about how long these deficits last or whether they worsen over time. Now, data from a large national sample suggest that cognitive deficits may persist long term. 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 »

Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis

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Decreased Activity Levels in MS Patients Linked To Cognitive Impairment (Multiple Sclerosis News):

“A new study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy assessed the cognitive factors affected in multiple sclerosis patients concerning their activity and participation in everyday life 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 »

Brain training works: Study finds 10-year benefit from 10-hour training

Brain TrainingBrain training helped older adults stay sharp for years -study (Reuters):

  • “A brief course of brain exercises helped older adults hold on to improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed for 10 years after the course ended, according to results from the largest study ever done on cognitive training.  Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring cognition via mobile applications: iPad app analyzed

We recently came across a fascinating scientific study, titled Examining cognitive function across the lifespan using a mobile application (Computers in Human Behavior), which studied the value and limitations of using an iPad app called “brainbaseline.”

Abstract: “Many studies conducted in a laboratory or university setting are limited by funding, personnel, space, and time constraints. In the present study, Read the rest of this entry »

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