Friday, October 17, 2008

Web surfing could keep dementia at bay

MSNBC
By Andrea Thompson
Senior Writer
For middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet could be a boost to the brain, a new study suggests.

In recent years, several studies have showed a link between pursuing activities that keep the mind engaged, such as crossword puzzles and memory games, and a lowered risk of cognitive decline later in life.

As the brain ages, a number of structural and functional changes occur, including atrophy, reductions in cell activity, and increases in deposits of amyloid plaques and tau tangles (both associated with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias ), all of which can affect...read the whole story

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