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Health, education in youth may affect odds of dementia

Adolescent, young adult and middle-age Blacks with hypertension, diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions had significantly worse cognition in later life, researchers reported at the Alzheimer's Association annual meeting. A second study presented at the meeting showed higher odds of dementia among men and women who were overweight or obese at age 20, compared with normal weight peers, while a third study linked school attendance in states with poorer quality educational standards to accelerated memory and language decline in later life among Blacks.

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