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Health: October 2012 Archives

PONDER project: building brain muscle

Mountain top.jpgOur brains, as much as our bodies, need exercise.

And if you build brain muscle, you protect yourself from neurodegenerative diseases  - like Alzheimer's.

Jens Pruessner, the director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, puts it like this: dementia is like climbing down a mountain -- it takes longer to reach the bottom if you start at 1,000 feet, than if you start at 100 feet.

To help us stay up on that mountain, the centre has launched the PONDER project with the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.  We get to play games online - free brain training! -  and they get to do more research.

Professor Pruessner joins Sonali Karnick in studio.

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Stress Part 6: understanding your stress

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Well Stressed by Sonia Lupien.jpgIn our six-part series on stress with Dr Sonia Lupien, we've talked about how we figure out what stresses us and what we can do about chronic stress. Today is our final installment.

Dr Sonia Lupien is the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress in Montreal, which combines research with public outreach.  She's also a professor of psychiatry at the Université de Montreal.

Her latest book is called "Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic."


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