A television in the bedroom?

Too much time in front of the bedroom TV deprives the child of more enriching developmental activities and may explain, in part, less optimal body mass, poor eating habits and socio-emotional difficulties as a teenager, says the study, published Dec. 26 in Pediatric Research. Continue reading “A television in the bedroom?”

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Youthful cognitive ability strongly predicts mental capacity later in life

Early adult general cognitive ability (GCA) — the diverse set of skills involved in thinking, such as reasoning, memory and perception — is a stronger predictor of cognitive function and reserve later in life than other factors, such as higher education, occupational complexity or engaging in late-life intellectual activities, report researchers in a new study publishing January 21 in PNAS. Continue reading “Youthful cognitive ability strongly predicts mental capacity later in life”

Obesity, risk of cognitive dysfunction? Consider high-intensity interval exercise

It’s fast-paced, takes less time to do, and burns a lot of calories. High-intensity interval exercise is widely recognized as the most time-efficient and effective way to exercise. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Florida Atlantic University have discovered another important health benefit of these short bursts of intense exercise with rest intervals. It could also be an effective strategy to prevent and combat cognitive dysfunction in obese individuals. Continue reading “Obesity, risk of cognitive dysfunction? Consider high-intensity interval exercise”

Exercise may delay cognitive decline in people with rare Alzheimer’s disease

For individuals carrying a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s disease, engaging in at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week may have beneficial effects on markers of Alzheimer’s disease brain changes and may delay cognitive decline, according to a new study available online by Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association as an article in press, corrected proof. Continue reading “Exercise may delay cognitive decline in people with rare Alzheimer’s disease”

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