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Research literacy: how to know when claims and headlines miss the mark by Marilynn Larkin, MA

If you believe recent headlines, you may be convinced that little can be done to stave off cognitive decline or boost cognitive health. A study run in conjunction with a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) TV program, and reported in the journal Nature, concluded that computer-based brain training does not improve mental fitness in any significant way. And the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a consensus statement indicating there is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend any specific strategies for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

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