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Increased Blood Flow to the Brain May Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s

Posted May 14 2009 4:31pm

Well, it' s the New Year, so it' s time I say it again. I need to start getting some aerobic exercise. My son has made good use of our basement bicycle, but I pass it by, albeit with a twinge of guilt. Too hard to adjust. No time. I do my yoga. My weight is not a problem. Blah, blah, blah. I know that getting the blood moving is something that is good for my heart and brain and it' s time I start doing something about it. Now, there' s more information to give me a kick. The article, "Brain starvation as we age appears to trigger Alzheimer' s," tells of a study written about in the Dec. 26 issue of the journal Neuron. Robert Vassar, lead study author and a professor of cell and molecular biology at Northwestern University' s Feinberg School of Medicine, discovered during the study that a key brain protein is altered when the brain has a deficient supply of energy. Vassar is quoted in the article as saying, "This finding is significant because it suggests that improving blood flow to the brain might be an effective therapeutic approach to prevent or treat Alzheimer' s."

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