Thursday, April 02, 2009

Testing for Alzheimer's - a question of balance

Researchers are always looking for new ways to predict which people are most at risk of developing Alzheimer's as this allows them to treat people earlier and more effectively. Scientists from the University of Toulouse looked into the growing evidence of a link between physical performance and cognitive decline. 686 people took part in the study. They were evaluated by a geriatrician every six months, their degree of cognitive impairment was measured and they were also asked to stand on one leg for as long as possible. The study found that those participants who were unable to stand on one leg for at least five seconds had a significantly greater decline in memory and thinking at 12, 18 and 24 months.

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