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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Unique Brain Fitness Program Boosts Cognition, Brain Size

Elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who completed a 12-week multidisciplinary brain fitness program saw marked improvement in cognitive performance and enlargement in hippocampal size.

"To my knowledge, it is the first and only program that has been shown to enhance cognitive function and grow the volume of hippocampus," Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, chairman, NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center, McLean, Virginia, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, told Medscape Medical News.

"One of the key interventions in this program, above and beyond treatment of a patients' medical conditions, providing neurofeedback and meditation training and emphasizing the role of diet, exercise, and omega-3 fatty acids, is an emphasis on purpose in life," Dr Fotuhi told Medscape Medical News.

"This program can be replicated in any clinical setting with access to integrated medical practice where a group of neurologists, psychologists, sleep specialists, dieticians, and exercise physiologists can work together as a unified team," he added.

The study was presented here at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2015.

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