Healthy living: Exercise can benefit your brain
Victoria Leavitt, research scientist in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation said that aerobic exercise may be the first effective treatment for MS patients with memory problems. She said that moreover, aerobic exercise has the advantages of being readily available, low cost, self-administered, and lacking in side effects. The study’s participants were two MS patients with memory deficits who were randomized to non-aerobic (stretching) and aerobic (stationary cycling) conditions. Baseline and follow-up measurements were recorded before and after the treatment protocol of 30-minute exercise sessions 3 times per week for 3 months .
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NATO stages exercise as rearming Russia worries some allies
But in the Baltic States, which once lived under the Soviet Union, the wargames are also a rehearsal for an unlikely but plausible scenario closer to home. “Russia as a country in the last five years has been increasing its assertiveness in the Baltic,” Latvian defense minister Artis Pabriks told Reuters. “‘Steadfast Jazz’ is important to us as these are the first exercises where we really train to defend our territory.” NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Breedlove said the exercise would show the alliance’s ability to fight sophisticated wars and defend its territory. Russian monitors would be invited. “We have to be prepared for more high end military operations,” he said in September, adding that NATO’s counter- insurgency experience from Afghanistan was no longer enough.
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Recent studies Researchers at the University of Dublin in Ireland conducted a recent study on the cognitive effects of exercise. They asked a group of young men to watch a lineup of photos that were paired with unfamiliar names and, subsequently, flashed quickly on a screen. After taking a break, the men were asked to recall the names as the photos were, once again, flashed on a screen. The researchers then took half of the men and asked them to go through an extremely strenuous, 30 minute workout on a stationary bike.
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