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Combination of physical and mental exercise packs one-two punch against memory loss.

COMBINATION OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EXERCISE PACKS ONE-TWO PUNCH AGAINST MEMORY LOSS. A combination of moderate physical exercise and computer use by older adults may help protect against the memory loss of mild cognitive impairment, a new study suggests. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in April 2010, shows that both physical exercise and mental exercises, such as reading books, playing games, and computer use, are associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment. But it is the combination of these activities that appears to pack a one-two punch that is even more beneficial. While the study does not show a direct cause-and-effect relationship--it could be that people who are experiencing cognitive decline may just be less physically and mentally active--it does suggest that preserving brain function in later years may be yet another benefit of physical and mental exercise.

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Title Annotation:MIND & MEMORY
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2010
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