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Neurology. 2005 Sep 27;65(6):953-5.

Education modifies the association of amyloid but not tangles with cognitive function.

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  • 1Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.


The authors quantified amyloid and tau tangles in Religious Orders Study participants. In separate analyses, amyloid and tangles were related to level of cognition. When terms for education's interaction with amyloid and tangles were added, education dampened the association of amyloid with level of cognition (p = 0.02) but not the association of neurofibrillary tangles with level of cognition, suggesting that education is related to factors that reduce the effect of amyloid on cognition.

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