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Study: Higher education helps fight dementia

July 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers say people with at least some higher education are less likely to develop dementia and have an easier time coping if they develop the disease. A study by scientists from Britain and Finland found that people who attend college after leaving high school appear to be less affected by brain changes or pathology associated with dementia than those who stop education earlier.

"More education is not associated with any differences in the damage to the brain, but people with higher education can cope with that damage better," said Hanna Keage, a researcher from Cambridge University who worked on the study. "Our study shows education in early life appears to enable some people to cope with a lot of changes in their brain before showing dementia symptoms."

Over the last several years, studies on dementia found the more time people spend in education, the lower the risk of dementia. But until now, scientists were not sure if this was because education protected the brain against damage or because it made people better able to cope.


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