Want to improve your memory? Play 3D video games

Optimists more likely to lead healthy life after a heart attack, and moderate drinking can reduce risk of early death in Alzheimer'sstudies and research tips for a healthier you

Playing 3D games can improve memory

Playing three-dimensional (3-D) video games can improve memory performance by 12%, claims a study. Researchers from the University of California enlisted college students and divided them into two groups. The first was asked to play the two-dimensional game Angry Birds while the second group played a 3-D game called Super Mario 3D World for 30 minutes every day for two weeks.

The students were given a series of memory tests before and after the study. The test included a series of images. The volunteers were showed the same objects with slight difference and were asked to categorize them. Those who played 3-D video games performed better than 2D gamers in the test. Their ability to remember showed an improvement of 12%.

The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Problem-solving therapy can help stroke patients cope with stress

Problem-solving therapy along with traditional rehabilitation treatment can improve ability to cope with stress in stroke patients. Problem-solving therapy helps patients identify specific problems, find multiple solutions, choose the best option, and assess its effect. Researchers tested the effectiveness of this problem solving approach against the traditional approach on 166 stroke patients. The problem-solving therapy group showed significant improvement in quality of life and in the ability to cope with stress after six months. The study was published in journal Stroke.

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Singing can improve memory and mood in dementia patients

Singing and listening to music can be intellectually and emotionally beneficial in the early stages of dementia, research suggests. Researchers at University of Helsinki recruited 89 people below the age of 80 with mild to moderate dementia and were randomly assigned music lessons, singing and standard care. After 10 weeks, the researchers noted a substantial improvement in the participants’ working memory, executive function, and orientation in persons with mild dementia. In the long run, it also helps in alleviating depression. The research was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Moderate drinking can cut risk of early death in Alzheimer’s patients

Moderate drinking can reduce risk of early death in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease, claims study. The study examined data on 321 patients with mild Alzheimer’s collected by a Danish Alzheimer’s Intervention Study. It showed that 17 % of the participants consumed 2 to 3 units of alcohol daily, 71 % took alcohol occasionally and 8% never had alcohol. The study revealed that those who drank daily were 77 % more likely to live three years longer than occasional drinkers.

The researchers believe people who drink moderately have a richer social network, which is linked to improved quality and longevity of life. The researchers noted the study only points towards a potential, positive link between moderate drinking and mortality in Alzheimer’s patients and one can’t encourage moderate drinking on the basis of their study. The study was published in the British Medical journal.

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Optimists more likely to lead healthy life after a heart attack

Optimistic people are more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle after surviving a heart attack, a study suggests. The researcher studied health records of 164 patients hospitalized for acute coronary syndromes between 2012 and 2014. Researchers used a questionnaire to assess optimism and gratitude. The findings showed that respondents with optimistic outlook were less likely to return to the hospital for heart related issues in the next six months. The study was published in journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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