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March 25, 2016

As we age, many of us experience problems with memory.  In some cases, these issues may progress to Mild Cognitive Impairment or dementia.  Dementia is a disorder characterized by significant cognitive impairment, especially in the areas of learning, memory, and langua...

February 26, 2016

As a neuroscientist who studies the effects of exercise on brain functioning, I am ultimately interested in the connection between the body and brain.  At a recent scientific conference on learning and memory, Dr. Monika Fleshner of the Department of Integrative Physio...

February 8, 2016

For the past 40 years, the world’s leading experts on learning and memory have gathered in Park City, Utah to discuss the newest and most exciting research on the brain’s ability to learn and remember information.  I recently attended this year’s conference, which host...

December 21, 2015

Gretchen Reynolds, exercise blogger for the New York Times, recently wrote a post entitled, “Does exercise help keep our brains young?”  In it, she reported on recent published research by Dr. Hideaki Soya and his group at the Laboratory of Exercise Biochemistry and Ne...

December 15, 2015

As the holidays approach, it is sometimes difficult to find the time and motivation to work out.  There are so many things to be doing like buying gifts for kids and grandkids and getting prepared for big holiday gatherings.  Even if you have the time, sometimes the mo...

November 8, 2015

During the aging process, a variety of changes occur within the brain. These changes, which include decreases in neurogenesis or new neuron growth, detriments in the vasculature surrounding the brain tissue, and deterioration in the glia or support cells of the brain,...

September 8, 2015

The vascular system, composed of endothelial cells, extends all around the body’s periphery and into and around all structures of the brain.  As we age, our arteries physically stiffen and the endothelial cells (the innermost cell layer of our blood vessels) become les...

August 11, 2015

The hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped structure located in the medial (middle) temporal lobe, is a brain area involved in learning and memory.  This structure is essential for the formation of our long-term memories as well as helping us to navigate around our environment...

June 30, 2015

Yoga is an ancient Indian mind-body practice that focuses on both movement (asanas) and breath (pranayama).  Yoga was first brought to the United States around the early 1900s, but it did not gain popularity until the 1960s.  Today, it is an extremely popular practice,...

May 22, 2015

As we age, we lose approximately 5 pounds of muscle mass per decade (Frontera et al., 2000).  Because our muscles are metabolically active 24 hours a day, our muscle mass contributes significantly to our resting metabolic rate, which accounts for 70% of the calories we...

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