Alzheimer's Society comment on the size of the hippocampus and dementia
Published 16 April 2008
It is unclear from this relatively small study if an enlarged hippocampus is the reason why people with dementia might not show signs of the condition.
However this work is consistent with increasing research that has shown that people with higher levels of education or cognitive reserve may be protected from some of the effects of dementia. This is an exciting area of research which needs more exploration.
Professor Clive Ballard
Director of research
A larger hippocampus may protect these people from the effects of Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes," says Deniz Erten-Lyons, MD, with Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and member of the American of Neurology. Research presented at the American Academy of Neurology 60th Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 12 Academy- April 19, 2008.
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