An exercise-linked hormone known as irisin that could slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, reports Queen’s University researcher Fernanda De Felice, along with co-authors from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The findings demonstrate that the hormone, which is boosted by exercise, plays an important role in the brain and that Alzheimer patients carry… Read more

Neurons in mice that influence metabolism are active for up to two days after a single workout, a new study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center shows. The research offers new insight into the brain’s potential role in fitness and — in the longer term — may provide a target for developing therapies… Read more

A trial in which people with dementia took part in a moderately intense exercise program for 4 months found their mental decline did not slow and may even have worsened faster than in people who did not take part in the program. The disappointing results are a setback for researchers, who had hoped an exercise… Read more

A new phase 2, multi-site trial led by Northwestern Medicine and University of Denver scientists has found that high-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, and decreases worsening of motor symptoms. It previously had been believed high-intensity exercise was too physically stressful for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s… Read more

Physical exercise may help people exert more control over impulsivity, a recent small study suggests. “There’s a particular type of task called ‘delay discounting’ that presents individuals with a series of choices between ‘smaller/sooner’ and ‘larger/later’ rewards. It’s something we all experience in our lives. Do you want a little money now—or wait and get… Read more