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The Link Between Alzheimer's And Daydreaming

You may hear about new research determined the region of the brain where daydreaming and creative thought rests may also be the same areas targeted by Alzheimer's disease. That's made some consider the possibility of a link between Alzheimer's and the kind of thinking people do when they're not engaged in purposeful mental activity.

After comparing the complex brain patterns of young adults while they were daydreaming with the location of amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, scientists found what they called a remarkable correlation between the two.

Although scientists warned it's way too early to ban daydreaming just yet, this connection may play an important part in understanding how daily mental and physical activity plays an important hand in the course of neurological disease.

Still, this clashes with one of my six safe and healthy guidelines for preventing Alzheimer's disease, and one of the easiest: Challenging your mind by learning something new or doing crossword puzzles.

But it also strengthens my view that one's emotional state can also be a major contributor to Alzheimer's, as a study I posted earlier this year found.

Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 25, No. 34, August 24, 2005: 7709-7717

MSNBC August 24, 2005

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