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Hypnosis 'may slow dementia progress'

Hypnosis 'may slow dementia progress'
29th July 2008

Hypnosis may slow down the progression of dementia, according to a scientist.

Dementia patients receiving hypnosis therapy showed improvements in areas such as concentration and memory compared to two other treatment groups, according to a study led by Dr Simon Duff from the University of Liverpool.

Relaxation and daily living activities - as well as overall quality of life - were also found to have improved in the patients undergoing hypnosis.

Dr Duff commented that participants attending a discussion group remained the same throughout the study; patients continuing with their usual therapies showed a small decline over the assessment period; while "those having regular hypnosis sessions showed real improvement across all of the areas that we looked at".

He added that hypnosis is a tool for relaxation and can help concentrate the mind.

Earlier this month, a separate study conducted by researchers at the University of New South Wales suggested the brain shrinks more quickly in people who are less mentally-active.

Given the apparent link between heightened mental activity and improved health, the scientists claimed their results support the increased use of "interventions aimed at increasing educational, occupational and cognitive lifestyle opportunities during all phases of the lifespan".

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