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How exercise can deter disease such as dementia and cancer

July 24, 2015

Published by The Globe and Mail Sure, physical activity is good for your body and mind. But why? And how much of it do you really need? Researchers examining the benefits of exercise are now getting down to the nitty-gritty, finding new clues about how it may deter illnesses such as dementia and cancer. While there’s plenty of evidence to show that regularly breaking a sweat may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, much of that research has previously been conducted on healthy individuals. But new studies presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington suggest physical activity may also improve the … Read more

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Walking three hours a week improves brain function: UBC research

July 23, 2015

Published in the Vancouver Sun. For those with mild cognitive impairment caused by mini-strokes, exercise is the best medicine   VANCOUVER — Taking regular brisk walks improves brain function in people who have already had mini-strokes, according to newly released findings by University of British Columbia researcher Teresa Liu-Ambrose. It’s more evidence that shows physical exercise is an effective way to prevent or slow the progress of dementia, says Liu-Ambrose, who is presenting the research for the first time Thursday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C., the world’s largest gathering of experts on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. “We’re quite keen to focus on vascular dementia because it … Read more

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Balance and other simple physical function measurements can predict cognitive decline

March 22, 2015

Published in the Research Insider, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute Although it may seem counter-intuitive, looking ‘below the neck’ for signs of cognitive decline before obvious symptoms appear is potentially a highly effective and accessible alternative to high-level cognitive neuroimaging or neurpsychological assessments. A new study by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute scientist Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose reveals that simple measures of physical function, such as a person’s ability to balance, to walk, or their strength level, are strongly related to subtle changes in cognitive status and may predict cognitive function in the future. “We’re recognizing that dementia is a disease that probably develops over 20 to 30 years – it’s not necessarily … Read more

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