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....It's Never too Late to Start 

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Information from a recent article in the AARP Bulletin Today  confirms the data that exercise DOES improve cognitive function in individuals with mild memory loss. For adults who exercise up to at least 70% of their maximum heart rate, results across studies show improvement in thinking skills, and in one study with individuals who already had Alzheimer’s disease, there was improvement in mental speed and attention.

Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of British Columbia responds, “Starting is better than remaining sedentary, even if you start late in life. It’s like retirement planning. Never starting is the worst case. The earlier you start, the better off you will be, but it’s never too late to start.”

Posted by Rebecca Plante Thursday, December 31, 2015 7:51:00 AM

Who Knew?? 

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Multitasking is not necessarily the answer to our busy lives. According to a research study conducted at Stanford University, multitasking actually leads to decreased productivity and poor performance.  Other associated and alarming findings from research at the University of London and the University of Sussex (also in the UK) show that multitasking can lower your IQ and may even cause lasting damage to the area of the brain responsible for empathy, cognitive and emotional control. Focusing on one thing at a time reduces errors and increases efficiency and recall. 

Posted by Rebecca Plante Monday, November 9, 2015 7:31:00 AM

Confucius Would be Proud! 

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Confucius, a teacher, politician and well-known philosopher in ancient China would surely extol the virtue of Nobel prize winner, Tu Youyou. She is the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel prize for medicine. Tu, who is now 84, worked on a secret military project beginning in 1967 to find a treatment for malaria. She combed through ancient texts and folk manuals, testing hundreds of herbal compounds. Eventually she discovered artemisinin, derived from the plant known as sweet wormwood, an herb used in Chinese traditional medicine. Artemisinin is one of the most effective treatments for malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, which kills 450,000 people each year.

The teachings of Confucius emphasize the value of human beings and commend the process of critical thinking and evidence-based conclusions.

Posted by Rebecca Plante Monday, November 2, 2015 2:28:00 PM
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