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NUNS and monks who never miss choir practice and work hard in their religious studies may pave the way to a greater understanding of Alzheimer's disease.
A study of almost 1,000 Catholic nuns, priests and monks over 12 years revealed that those who were most conscientious had a lower risk of developing the debilitating brain disease. It is thought that being conscientious might make people better able to cope with plaques that build up in the brain, leading to the disease.
The latest study followed a group of nuns, monks and priests from across the United States. They were chosen as a group as they were deemed more likely to be willing to take part in a study that might help others in the future, but not themselves.