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Aging Brain's Decline May Hinge on a Gene
Date:10/25/2011

ted decline in the hippocampus, a brain area that's crucial to memory and spatial reasoning.

"This gene-associated difference may apply not only to pilots but also to the general public, for example in the ability to operate complex machinery," Salehi said.

The study was published online Oct. 18 in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

Staying active can help maintain healthy BDNF levels, the researchers said. "The one clearly established way to ensure increased BDNF levels in your brain is physical activity," Salehi said.

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The Society for Neuroscience offers an overview of aging and the brain.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Stanford University, news release, Oct. 25, 2011


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