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Study: Exercise, games, puzzles don't prevent signs of Alzheimer's in the brain

from HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

Physical and mental activity don't appear to prevent the brain from developing the telltale beta-amyloid deposits that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "While it was hoped that early, or current, engagement in these sorts of activity would be protective against developing Alzheimer's, our findings suggest that, while beneficial for overall mental health, the activity does not seem to prevent amyloid buildup," said lead researcher Dr. Keith Johnson. He is co-director of the Neuroimaging Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. more


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