Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:
Search posts:

Exercise Boosts Brain Function Among Stroke Survivors

Posted Nov 03 2012 10:08pm
Posted on Nov. 1, 2012, 6 a.m. in Stroke Brain and Mental Performance Exercise

In that people who have cognitive deficits after stroke have a threefold risk of mortality, and they're more likely to be institutionalized, Susan Marzolini, from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Canada), and colleagues studied 41 stroke survivors, of whom 70% had mild to moderate walking problems requiring a cane or walker, who followed an adapted aerobic and strength/resistance training program five days a week. Exercises designed to imitate daily life included walking, lifting weights and doing squats.  The research team found "significant improvements" in overall brain function at the conclusion of the program, with the most improvement in attention, concentration, planning and organizing. Muscular strength and walking ability also increased.  The lead author comments that: "these results provide compelling evidence that by improving cardiovascular fitness through aerobic exercise and increasing muscle mass with resistance training, people with stroke can improve brain health."

Marzolini et al., "The effects of an aerobic and resistance exercise training program on cognition following stroke." Presented at Canadian Stroke Congress, 1 October 2012.

Economists and public health researchers report that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
The compound thymol, extracted from thyme, works synergistically with conventional antifungal medications to boost their efficacy.
Daily supplements of curcumin, the pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow color, help to lower cholesterol levels and markers of inflammation.
As little as 6 months of exercise can improve memory, language, thinking and judgment problems by almost 50%, in people affected by stroke.
Low-dose aspirin may help forestall cognitive decline, among elderly women at high cardiovascular risk.
Australian team explores mechanism underlying why a salt laden meal raises flow mediated dilation in as little as half an hour.
Lactoferrin4-14, a milk protein, reduces DNA damage in colon cancer cells exposed to ultraviolet light.
People who have difficulty chewing hard foods are at significantly higher risk of cognitive impairments.
Consuming one apple daily helps to lower LDL (low density lipoproteins) by up to 40%.
Georgia Institute of Technology (US) team devises a computer-based tool to allow people to screen themselves for early signs of dementia.
Meta-analysis of 34 studies indicates a significant association of shift work with myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke.
Researchers submit that by raising the Vitamin C recommended dietary allowance (RDA), cases of heart disease, stroke, and cancer might be slashed.
People with a history of mental illness are more likely to also have a chronic health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes.
One alcoholic drink a day may help lower stroke risk among women.
Having diabetes for ten years or more triples the risk of an ischemic stroke.
Flavanone, an antioxidant compound found abundantly in citrus fruits, may reduce stroke risk among women.
People with severe sleep apnea may have an increased risk of silent strokes and small lesions in the brain.
People who consume five more of green tea a day are at a lower risk of functional disabilities, most notably stroke, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline,
Small spots of dead brain cells may be a significant and underidentified cause of memory loss in older adults.
Blood pressure change at middle age significantly raises the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke during one’s lifetime.
Anti-Aging Therapeutics 13   View the Table of Contents
  Order the Book
  Order the eBook Anti-Aging Forum MLDP Anti-aging jobs Join A4M
64 – A Healthy Curiosity
Researchers from the University of Alberta (Canada) found in 2005 that for 90% of the population, keeping the brain sharp as we age can be as simple as being and staying mentally inquisitive. The team found that people who are curious at a young age are more likely to be mentally active, and stay that way, as they age. In addition, people in their 70s and 80s who started incorporating activities to improve mental capacity at those ages could enjoy similar benefits to brain health. Some of the best activities that keep the mind active and curious include: reading, traveling, memorizing poetry, playing card games, doing crossword puzzles, learning how to play a musical instrument, taking classes, and surfing the Internet.
Post a comment
Write a comment:

Related Searches