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Is Aerobic Exercise The Right Prescription For Staving Off Alzheimer's?

Researchers are testing exercise in people at high risk for Alzheimer's. The goal of a federally funded study is to learn whether aerobic physical activity can protect the brain.
A federally funded study is testing aerobic exercise as a way to prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Source: Stewart Cohen

Researchers are prescribing exercise as if it were a drug in a study that aims to see if it can prevent Alzheimer's disease.

"We are testing if exercise is medicine for people with a mild memory problem," says Laura Baker, principal investigator of the nationwide EXERT study and associate director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The study, funded by the National

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