'Surprising' study suggests exercise may make dementia worse

It is generally accepted that exercise can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia

Prof Martin Rossor, professor of clinical neurology at University College London, said the evidence showed that exercise for people living with well-established dementia may be of limited value.

Nearly 500 people with dementia took part, with 329 embarking on a special exercise programme and 165 receiving their usual care.

Currently, as a dementia therapy that does not involve medication, the NHS recommends group cognitive stimulation therapy classes, where sufferers undertake exercises created to improve their memory, problem-solving skills and language ability.

The authors wrote: "People with mild to moderate dementia can engage and comply with moderate to high intensity aerobic and strengthening exercise and improve physical fitness".

They took part in 60-90-minute group sessions in a gym twice a week for about four months, and home exercises as an additional hour per week.

Guatemala opens new embassy in Jerusalem following US lead
Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests. The violence earlier this week coincided with the dedication ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem .

Frontier Airlines adding service from Jacksonville to San Antonio
Frontier Airlines is celebrating 5 years at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The new route includes an 8:16 p.m. departure from Cleveland, arriving in San Antonio at 10:21 p.m.

India's BJP heads to majority in crucial Karnataka state poll
On board a colourful jeep, on the last day of campaigning in his constituency Shikaripura, Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa had very confidently told ThePrint: "I will be sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka on 17 May".

The study also found that so-called secondary outcomes (ones that weren't the primary focus of the study) - such as the participants' ability to perform activities of daily living, their neuropsychiatric symptoms, the number of falls they had, their health-related quality of life and the quality of life of the family members caring for them - were also similar in both groups. It was funded by the National Institute of Health Research and published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal on an open-access basis, so it's free to read online.

They discovered that the people on the exercise regimen had higher ADAS-cog scores than the people who were on usual care. "It may also be that better off people have greater social and cultural opportunities that allow them to remain actively engaged with the world".

Compliance with exercise was good and participants were assessed again at six and 12 months. Lamb commented that dementia is a complicated issue to tackle. Other (secondary) outcomes included activities of daily living, number of falls, and quality of life.

Moderate to high intensity aerobic and strength exercise training did not slow cognitive impairment, researchers found, and this sort of exercise may even worsen the condition, the authors suggested. We know that gentle exercise is good for you.

This was clearly a disappointing result for the researchers, who were hoping exercise could be recommended as a treatment for people with dementia on the NHS. She said numerous studies have shown that exercise has benefits for brain cell health, including the growth of new cells in the hippocampus, the brain's memory center. One factor not measured was whether people with dementia enjoyed the exercise. This suggests the type of exercise programme may not have been particularly attractive, particularly to women with dementia.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Thomas Markle's surgery keeps him away from daughter Meghan's wedding
The palace says there will be six bridesmaids ranging from two to seven years old and four page boys , ranging from four to seven. Sounds like Meghan Markle isn't going to invite Samantha Markle to Christmas dinner anytime soon.

Passenger tries to rip plane door open after missing his flight
The incident captured on video inside the terminal showed the man bashing and pulling frantically on the plane's door. . PASSENGERS at Melbourne Airport watched on in shock as a man breached security and tried to tear the door off a plane.

Nawaz to soften stance, Shehbaz assures PML-N leaders
Addressing the participants, Shehbaz said the PML-N completed all its promises and ushered an era of development in its tenure. In addition, PMLN MNA Ghulam Rasool Sahi and former speaker Afzal Sahi called on Imran Khan at Bani Gali and announced PTI.

David Warner to play for this Cricket Club in the coming September
An emotional David Warner speaks to the media in March after returning home from the ball tampering scandal in South Africa. In a nine-year worldwide career, Warner has, till date, played 74 Tests and 106 ODIs, as well as 70 T20Is for Australia.

JC Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) 1Q18 Earnings Miss Street View
Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP)'s shares owned by insiders are 1.6%, whereas shares owned by institutional owners are 78%. Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday after strong factory data from the USA assisted spur gains overnight on Wall Street.

Karnataka developments trigger series of reactions in Goa, Bihar and Manipur
Kavlekar said that in the absence of the chief minister in the state for the last two months, there is no governance in place. The Congress now has 16 members in the Goa Assembly as one of its legislators Vishwajeet Rane joined the BJP previous year .

Taylor Swift stalker sentenced to six months behind bars
While Swift won't have to worry about Jaffar bothering her, the singer unfortunately is dealing with a second alleged stalker. After Mohammed's arrest in 2017, he was held on $20,000 bail and the judge signed off on an order of protection against him.

Mac Miller Reportedly Arrested for DUI After Hit and Run
The news site says an eyewitness called the cops and told them which direction the rapper and his friends had gone. Mac Miller is now in jail on a $15,000 bond after allegedly crashing his auto while while under the influence.

'Roseanne' May Move 'Away From Politics' in Season 2, ABC President Says
So, for those who are wondering, the second season will move "away from politics and be more focused on family", Ms Dungey added. Dancing with the Stars will remain in its Monday night slot, while the Juniors spinoff will air on Sundays .

Oil prices drop further despite OPEC cuts and Iran sanctions
OPEC revised its oil demand growth estimate by 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) from the April 2018 report to 1.65 million bpd. Markets have been reacting to the prospect of a sharp drop in Iranian oil exports after the U.S. decision on the deal.

Governor Ivey sexuality in questioned by former Alabama Legislator
Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson is calling into question state funds he says were awarded to an LGBTQ group during Gov. Ivey, who has been married to a man but is now divorced, has had an interesting trajectory in politics.

Pit bulls attack 4 people, dog in San Francisco's Dolores Park
Three of the bite victims were taken to a hospital for further treatment, police said, and Bloom was taken to a veterinarian. Mundy said she does not unleash her pit bull Violet, even in the designated unleashed area at Dolores Park.

Cleveland Browns to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
The Browns are coming off an 0-16 season, and were one of six teams that could have been forced to do the show under league rules. Last year's series featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a Sports Emmy for "Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary".

Champions League final tickets
We entered the competition for the first time in a while and we quickly realised that we had a good chance. Football should be more oriented to finishing every attack with a shot on target.

Higher Unemployment But More Jobs
The break-down of April series was encouraging too, with full-time jobs up 32,700 compared with a fall of 25,100 in March.

Other news