A comprehensive review of existing research has found that any amount of exercise is good, but working out in different ways throughout the week is the best prescription for optimal cognitive and body function. The study, published recently in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, also found a relationship between improved physical health and improved overall brain health. Regular aerobic and resistance training also reduces frailty and its associated hazards in older adults.
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A new study from Dr. Elaine Kingwell and Dr. Helen Tremlett reveals that a widely prescribed drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with longer survival for patients.
Neighbourhood income and education level is associated with risk of disability progression in patients with multiple sclerosis, suggests new research from Dr. Helen Tremlett and colleagues at the University of British Columbia.
More than 90,000 Canadians live with multiple sclerosis (MS) a chronic disease affecting the brain and central nervous system. It often affects young adults, with diagnosis generally occurring between 25 and 45 years of age. For those seeking to understand how MS affects individuals and populations, Canadian health data offers a wealth of information for researchers, with findings of relevance to all Canadians. Epidemiological data captured across Canada has, for many years, informed research and care across the country and, sometimes, in the United States (US).
“The world is mobilizing around a strategic approach to brain research,” says Dr. Judy Illes, “and neuroethics is an anchor point.”
While leaders in brain research around the world have been building toward an international brain research strategy, Canada has been working on a complementary approach that accelerates international efforts but leverages the unique advantages of Canadian researchers and Canada as a neuroscience-driven nation.
Pictured: Dr. Jacqueline Quandt. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.
Pictured: Dr. Shannon Kolind (left) and Dr. Karen Lee (right), taken at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on December 10, 2018. Image credit: UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Justin Ohata.
Pictured: a venogram showing blood vessels in the brain.
New research by Dr. Alex Rauscher, an MRI physicist and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroimaging, has shown that about half the blood vessels in the brain's white matter run in parallel with nerve fibres.
For Dr. Anthony Traboulsee (pictured above), Director of the UBC MS & NMO Research Program at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and lead investigator on two Canada-wide clinical trials to determine the efficacy of liberation therapy in MS, it was an opportunity to listen to the community.