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The Human Brain Is Bigger Than It Was 75 Years Ago

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Here's Today's Feel-Good Story:

Compared to those that were around in World War II, the human brain is 6.6% bigger than it was back then. These findings suggest that we may be better at staving off neurodegenerative diseases like dementia.

A team at UC Davis analyzed 75 years worth of brain changes through generations.

“Larger brain structures like those observed in our study may reflect improved brain development and improved brain health,” said Dr. Charles DeCarli, director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

“A larger brain structure represents a larger brain reserve and may buffer the late-life effects of age-related brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

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