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News tag: cognitive functions


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Poverty affects children’s brain size, influencing academic performance


1 Apr, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
Poverty, in addition to affecting the quality of nutrition available for children, also affects children’s brain, new study shows. Children in affluent environments have bigger brains compared to those living in poverty. Scientists collected and recorded brain images of 1,099 kids and teens aged between 3 and 20 years, and…

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New drug for Alzheimer’s looked upon with careful optimism


25 Mar, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
A new drug promoted as able to treat early stage Alzheimer’s may not be as effective as initially announced. Aducanumab, developed by Biogen, a Cambridge, Massachusetts biotech company, acts as a monoclonal antibody, and has shown impressive results in early tests on patients with early stages of the disease. The…

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Half of Alzheimer’s patients know nothing of their condition


24 Mar, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
More than half of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have never been told they have contracted the condition, a new study by Alzheimer’s Association found. Vice president for the non-profit organization, Beth Kallmyer estimates that in this way many people do not get the chance of making decisions concerning their…

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Meditation may help reduce decline of cognitive functions


6 Feb, 2015 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
Since the 1970s, life expectancy increased significantly, but those who live longer may not be as healthy as to enjoy the added years. On the other hand, researchers noticed as early as late-20s than brain’s volume and size start do decrease slowly, leading to impaired cognitive function over time. Some…

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Virus reducing mental agility discovered


11 Nov, 2014 | by Ion Gireada | 0 comments
In a strange sequence of events, U.S. scientists stumbled upon an algae virus that apparently has an almost imperceptible but measurable negative effect on cognitive functions in humans. Especially affected are visual processing and spatial orientations, the study says. Scientists were studying throat microbes when the discovery occurred. Even though…