Having a longer education might not stop people's brains decaying physically but it can help them to stave off symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. A team of researchers from England and Finland studied the donated brains of 872 people taking part in the Epidemiological Clinicopathological Studies in Europe (ECLIPSE) study. They found that - as was the case with previous studies - people who had been educated longer were less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's. However, there was no difference in the changes in the brain associated with the condition between well-educated and less well-educated people suggesting that being better educated helps people deal with changes to the brain better rather than preventing them in the first place.
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