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Researchers tie lung health to changes in cognitive abilities

Posted by RHHAdmin on Oct 11, 2012 7:30:00 AM

As people age, many are worried what will happen to their cognitive ability overtime.  New research is suggesting that there could be some underlying factors that people may want to keep in mind as they enter elderly care.

According to findings out of Ohio State University, one way to keep the brain's functioning abilities in top form could be to better one's lung health. The researchers suggested that although healthy lungs were linked to retaining the ability to process thoughts and problem solving capabilities, there was no tie between lung health and loss of knowledge. Additionally, if a patient were to suffer from loss of brain functions, there was no tie that their lungs would follow suit.

"The logical conclusion from this is that anything you could do to maintain lung function should be of benefit to fluid cognitive performance as well," said Charles Emery, professor of psychology at Ohio State University and lead author of the study. "Maintaining an exercise routine and stopping smoking would be two primary methods. Nutritional factors and minimizing environmental exposure to pollutants also come into play."

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