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Pumping Neurons: Exercise to maintain a healthy brain
The evidence is growing that moderate regular exercise boosts memory and other brain functions and may help prevent age-related declines.
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How Parkinsonís disease affects the mind

It’s not just a movement disorder. Besides causing tremors and other motion-related symptoms, Parkinson’s disease affects memory, learning, and behavior.

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Creative healing: art therapy for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
As medical science races to cure dementia, storytelling and other creative activities promise a better quality of life for the millions already diagnosed.
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Anti-inflammatory
 

An anti-inflammatory substance is one which counteracts inflammation. Inflammation is a response made by the immune system in response to bodily injury - whether physical trauma, infection, extremes of temperature, etc. Bloodflow is increased to the injured area, and substances are released to begin repair of damaged tissue. The process produces side effects including redness, swelling, heat, pain, and sometimes fever. This process is normal, and an outward sign that the body's self-repair mechanisms are in force. However, if the inflammation process occurs inappropriately (as in some immune system disorders), or is too extreme or extended, an anti-inflammatory drug may be used to reduce the extent of inflammation.

 


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