Study: Education boosts "cognitive reserve" in people with brain plaques

11/11/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A U.S. study found that the difference in the levels of education attained by people with similar amounts of brain plaque associated with Alzheimer's disease affected how they performed in memory and problem-solving tests. The study, which used PET scans of the subjects' brains, suggests that more education boosts the "cognitive reserve" in people with brain plaques, providing new insights on how the disease works in the brain, the researchers said.

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