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5 things that happen to your brain when you learn a new language

Never has the bar to entry been so low and the recognized benefits so high.

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  • Learning a new language has been shown to sharpen your cognitive abilities while helping stave off dementia as you age.
  • A University of Chicago study found that businesspeople make better decisions when weighing problems in a non-native tongue.
  • Juggling multiple languages lets bilingual speakers switch between tasks with less stress and more control than monolinguists.
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A new approach to Alzheimer’s based on physics and worms

How a study on worms pointed the way towards a treatment for dementia.

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  • An increasing amount of research suggests that failures in phase transition within cells can cause a variety of aliments.
  • The mechanism is believed to involve the inability of moleclues to move from solid to liquid and back, inhibiting cellular function.
  • The discoveries open the door to treatments for neurodegenerative disease, some cancers, and other illnesses.
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Adult-made neurons mature longer, have unique functions

Unraveling the mysteries of adult neurogenesis may have clinical applications.

  • Neuroscientists don't know the degree to which adult human brains generate new neurons.
  • A new study found that adult-born neurons in lab rats continued to grow and mature long after infant-born ones stopped.
  • Understanding the process of neuron birth and death can help scientists understand the causes of neurological disorders.

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New study connects cardiovascular exercise with improved memory

Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 percent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.

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  • Researchers at UT Southwestern observed a stark improvement in memory after cardiovascular exercise.
  • The year-long study included 30 seniors who all had some form of memory impairment.
  • The group of seniors that only stretched for a year did not fair as well in memory tests.
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How intermittent fasting changes your brain

A new study from Singapore found that intermittent fasting increases neurogenesis.

  • Rats that fasted for 16 hours a day showed the greatest increase in hippocampal neurogenesis.
  • If true in humans, intermittent fasting could be a method for fighting off dementia as you age.
  • Intermittent fasting has previously been shown to have positive effects on your liver, immune system, heart, and brain, as well as your body's ability to fight cancer.
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