By On April 23rd, 2010

Computer use and moderate exercise slow mild cognitive impairment

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Yonas Geda, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reported that computer use and moderate physical exercise later in life are associated with a decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Both elements, physical exercise and computer use, were separately associated with a lower risk of MCI in a cross-sectional analysis of participants in an aging study. However, there was also evidence of a significant benefit theorized to be a synergistic effect of incorporating both activities. Geda was quick to admit, however, that it is difficult to assign cause and effect in a cross-sectional study; “…maybe a person who can use a computer does not have cognitive issues (while) a person with cognitive issues may shy away from computers,” he said. Click here to read an article from Medscape that discusses this study more.

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