HUNT­ING­TON’S AT BAY

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Be­ing in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive may help de­lay the first symp­toms of the neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­or­der Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease. A Span­ish study pub­lished in Neu­ropsy­cholo­gia found that ac­tiv­i­ties such as read­ing and play­ing chess, and be­ing mul­ti­lin­gual and hav­ing a high level of ed­u­ca­tion, counter the loss of grey mat­ter in the brain caused by the dis­ease. The re­searchers say the re­sults high­light the im­por­tance of men­tal ac­tiv­ity for brain health.

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