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Internet searching can 'stave off dementia'

Internet searching can 'stave off dementia'
19th October 2009

The use of online amenities could be instrumental in helping people avoid dementia in later life, according to a new report from across the Atlantic.

Gary Small, the professor of neuroscience and human behaviour at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), explained that older individuals taking to the internet could find themselves slowing the progression of the neurodegenerative disease.

"We found that for older people with minimal experience, performing internet searches for even a relatively short period of time can change brain activity patterns and enhance function," the expert asserted.

Professor Small and those who worked alongside him found that improvements in cognitive thought began immediately, with the first scan by computers discovering elevated brain activity in regions controlling memory, language, reading and vision.

In the UK, 60,000 deaths a year are attributed to dementia, with 64 per cent of all people in care homes being affected by the condition.

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