MD Alert - "Education Level Predicts Memory Loss In Progressive MS" - Annette M. Boyle
Previous research has demonstrated that patients with progressive subtypes of multiple sclerosis (MS) experience a wider range of cognitive impairments including deficits in informational processing speed, attention, working memory, executive function and verbal episodic memory than those with remitting relapsing disease. A new study has discovered a relationship between cognitive reserves (CR) and brain reserves (BR) in memory preservation in progressive MS. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and several leading Italian medical schools found that CR independently protects against cognitive impairment in patients with progressive MS. The researchers found that more years of education and greater intracranial volume both appeared to protect patients from disease-related loss of cognitive efficiency. More years of education alone predicted greater preservation of memory among individuals with similar levels of disease burden. They concluded that lifestyle choices that include continued focus on learning protect against cognitive impairment independently of genetic factors.
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai