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Exercise Benefits the Brain and How
- Written by jo
You knew exercise is good for you, but did you know it benefits cognition?
Several studies summarized in a recent NYT Well posting suggest that exercise improves both memory/recall (even among young males in college) and performance of skilled tasks (such as those performed by airline pilots). The studies also point to a particular protein, BDNF for short---one that's already known to aid in nerve cell health, as an important factor in memory and skilled-task performance improvements with exercise. This news is important for us all. And it could become especially important to those who have a gene variant (common among people of European and Asian "backgrounds") that results in decreased amounts of BDNF with increasing age.Add a comment
Helping People Get Back Home after Needing to Enter a Nursing Home
Just because a person has a set-back and ends up in a nursing home doesn't mean the person has to stay in the nursing home for the rest of his or her life. According to an article in the New York Times about some work done by Medicaid in 29 states, there are ways, after recovery from the health incident that put the person into a nursing home, for him or her to get back a home and regain some independence. Needed services can be hired and brought there.Add a comment
Same Finding Again and Again
Yet another study, summarized in this article by Reuters, indicates that adults who exercise moderately are less likely to die than those who don't. A sedentary life style---more so than risk factors associated with age or cardiovascular disease---significantly increased a person's chance of death. Also of note was that recent exercise was important because most people in the study had similar amounts of exercise through their adult lives. Recommended exercise is 30 minutes of an activity such as brisk walking, 5 days per week.Add a comment
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