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Regular exercise increases brain’s memory region in older women, Canadian study shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2672 (Published 09 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2672
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Twice weekly aerobic exercise significantly increases the volume of the brain’s hippocampal region in older women with mild cognitive impairment, a small randomised study published this week shows,1 suggesting that exercise helps to reduce cognitive decline.

Canadian researchers randomly allocated 86 women aged 70-80 with probable mild cognitive impairment to three different exercise regimes: aerobic training (brisk walking); resistance training, such as lunges and weights; or balance and muscle toning exercises. Each participant exercised for one …

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