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Exercise Helps With Better Brain Functioning in HIV-Infected Adults

August 16, 2013

A study by Dr. David J. Moore and colleagues of the University of California, San Diego, found that regular exercise can help preserve the mental functioning of people with HIV infection. In spite of antiretroviral drug treatment, approximately half of the individuals with HIV have neurocognitive impairment that can be serious enough to affect daily functioning.

The researchers interviewed 335 community-dwelling HIV-positive individuals about the amount of exercise they had during the past 72 hours. Based on their responses, participants were classified into those who engaged in significant exercise, and those who did not. Researchers then tested seven cognitive areas usually affected by HIV: verbal fluency, working memory, speed of information processing, learning, recall, executive function, and motor function. The researchers also considered compounding factors such as demographics, HIV disease characteristics, substance use, past and current

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