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Internet search dementia studies 'need to be expanded'

Internet search dementia studies 'need to be expanded'
20th October 2009

The internet is useful in fighting dementia but should be thought of as one of many contributing factors to healthy ways, according to an expert.

Timothy Parry, a spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, explained that the notion of the internet search carrying a cognitive benefit adds to other research projects supporting the "use it or lose it theory".

It follows the revelation from Professor Gary Small at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who claimed that internet searches were more effective than reading at improving brain function.

However, Mr Parry believes that more research needs to be done before any true conclusions can be drawn.

He continued: "Internet search exercises a number of mental process at the same time, which is why it would appear to rank highly as a beneficial brain exercise."

Mr Parry added that despite all of this, the most "compelling evidence" for reducing the risk of dementia is the use of exercise and a healthy diet as "what's good for the heart is usually good for the head".

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