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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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Neurogenesis
 

Neurogenesis refers to the creation of new cells, or neurons in the brain. Although it was once thought that the number of neurons was fixed at birth, recent evidence has now shown that a variety of species, including humans, can grow new neurons in adulthood. There is still a great deal of controversy about how long these new neurons survive, whether the new neurons become completely functional, and whether neurogenesis can occur in all parts of the brain or just in a few specialized areas. Nevertheless, the mere fact that new neurons can be born at all in adult human brains is generating excitement among researchers who wonder if the process can be used to help replace damaged neurons in various disorders like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and more.

 

by Catherine E. Myers
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