Language skills may prevent Alzheimer's

July 8, 2009 5:27:33 PM PDT
A new study shows that women with greater language abilities in their 20's might be less likely to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease later in life.

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University followed a small group of catholic nuns, testing them for memory problems and examining their brains after death. The researchers also looked at essays the women wrote when they were younger.

They found that people with better language skills appear to create "mental reserves" which protect their brains later in life.

The study was published in the journal "Neurology."

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