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The Ability To Read and Write Could Help Protect the Brain From Dementia, Study Suggests

by Hunter Moyler, Newsweek – Health

People who cannot read or write may be three times as likely to eventually develop dementia, according to a study published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday.

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to conditions broadly defined as “a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is ultimately caused when cells in the brain are damaged or die such that they cannot effectively communicate with each other.

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Alzheimer’s blood test detects brain damage years before symptoms

by Catharine Paddock, PhD, Medical News Today

A blood test for a protein could identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease a decade or more before symptoms, such as a decline in memory and thinking, emerge.

This was what an international group of scientists concluded after evaluating the simple test that used blood samples from people with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that they had inherited.

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