Research: Exercise & the Alzheimer’s Brain

We all know that exercise benefits the body and mind. But scientists continue to delve into specific ways it alters the composition and function of a brain — especially one suffering from dementia. Researchers at Harvard Medical School recently discovered that exercise generates new neurons and improves cognition in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

Adapted from a Mass General press release, the summary article appears on Harvard Medical School’s website. The study was published in the heavy-hitting journal Science, so expect analyses of adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN) rather than an innovative workout routine that will re-start your brain and give you six-pack abs as a bonus. 

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