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Playing American football before age 12 is linked to long-term neuropsychiatric and cognitive problems

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Tack­le foot­ball before age 12 may boost risks of cog­ni­tive, mood dis­or­ders (Ars Tech­ni­ca):

Tak­ing hard knocks ear­ly in life could shove foot­ball play­ers toward neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems lat­er, a new study sug­gests.

Among 214 for­mer ama­teur and pro­fes­sion­al male foot­ball play­ers, those who start­ed play­ing early—particularly before the age of 12—had greater risks of report­ing depres­sion and impaired behav­ioral reg­u­la­tion and exec­u­tive func­tion around their 50s, researchers found Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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.

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