New findings

Working outside the home less than men may factor into a generation of women facing ​more acute effects of​ Alzheimer’s

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New research suggests Alzheimer’s disease affects women worse than men, for a range of possible reasons — from genetics to working life. Women see their cognitive skills decline more sharply than men at the same point in the disease, and their language skills and memory are more swiftly impacted, studies have shown.

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. believe there may be a combination of reasons for this, including estrogen levels dropping after menopause, genetic predisposition, and a traditionally superior cognitive reserve that men developed from being more likely to work outside the home. “…cognitive reserve is modifiable and with more women working, the next generation may suffer less,” said Professor Keith Laws, who lead the study. “It is therefore fundamental that we continue to identify the role of sex differences to enable more accurate diagnoses and open up doors for new treatments to emerge.”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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