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Keeping an active mind with intellectual pursuits in midlife may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, but it does not appear to prevent the physical changes in the brain for most people, a new study finds. “Studies have shown that it reduces the onset of symptoms,” said lead author Prashanthi Vemuri of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. But buildups of amyloid plaque in the brain – a basic symptom of Alzheimer’s – do not change based on activity for most people, she told Reuters Health. The researchers studied almost 400 people age 70 and older without dementia. […]