Thursday, February 16, 2006


So the latest from those really clever American scientists is … ‘The more educated you are, the faster the Alzheimer’s will get you. Each extra year of education you struggled through will give you an additional 0.3% of deterioration.

Interesting that this comes in the week when there’s a huge drop in University applications …. Could there be a connection?

Well thank God I didn’t do a PhD or that evening class in car maintenance.

Guess what? The previous research proved exactly the opposite.
I don’t believe a word of any of it.
I am (used to be) a scientist but I’m not proud of it any more.

Get off to your evening class, go the pub afterwards and ignore it all.



Anonymous NiC said...

The conclusion I heard on Radio 4 yesterday was slightly different ... that is, higher degrees of education delayed the intial onset of Alzheimer's but when it did strike it progressed more quickly in those so educated. So good and bad news from the same bit of research... I like their style!

I also like the idea of a link between that and University applications :)

9:28 am  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

In your link, in the story below the bit you quote from, it says: "Highly educated, sociable sensation seekers may be less at risk from two serious neurological disorders in old age, researchers said today. Impulsive people appear to have lower rates of Parkinson's disease, while those who went to university are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease"

I suspect if you're impulsive, it's harder for people to notice when the Parkinson's sets in ;)

Are you sure it's not the Government spinning this info together with the university applications drop, to detract from the real causative issue - INCREASED FEES?

12:49 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Gosh! You are both so well informed. My head's spinning. I'm quite happy to blame it all on a goverment conspiracy and continue in blissful ignorance til the time comes
Thanks KAZ

6:00 pm  

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