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Date:10/1/2007

with a high level of education had an 80 percent lower risk, the study found.

"Generally speaking, people with low education levels seem to lead unhealthier lifestyles, which could suggest the two work concurrently to contribute to dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but our results showed a person's education predicted dementia on its own," study author Dr. Tiia Ngandu, of the University of Kuopio, said in a prepared statement.

"It may be that highly educated people have a greater cognitive reserve, which is the brain's ability to maintain function in spite of damage, thus making it easier to postpone the negative effects of dementia. Additionally, unhealthy lifestyles may independently contribute to the depletion of this reserve," Ngandu said.

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SOURCES: Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., professor, neuropsychology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; Brent Roberts, Ph.D., professor, psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; October 2007, Archives of General Psychiatry; Neurology, news release, Oct. 1, 2007


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