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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Preventing Dementia

Reuters reports that an Australian professor, Perry Bartlett, has new research revealing that "mental and physical exercise helped create and nurture new nerve cells in the brain, keeping it functional and warding off diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's".  Professor Barlett said that a chemical called prolactin appeared to promote the growth of new cells in the brain and that there were a number of ways to increase that chemical in the body.   Among his recommendations were sexual activity, cryptic crosswords and a good run.   Mmmm, I am at a loss as to how most Americans will respond to this study but something tells me that there will not be a huge increase in the sale of crossword puzzle books or running shoes; and perhaps one can foresee some future issues for those fans of   abstinence only sex education.  [bm]

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