Study from the American Academy of Neurology: Speaking a Second Language May Delay Different Dementias

The American Academy of Neurology recently published an interesting study. Newswise reports on it:


Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – In the largest study on the topic to date, research shows that speaking a second language may delay the onset of three types of dementias. The research is published in the November 6, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study found that people who spoke two languages developed dementia four and a half years later than people who only spoke one language.


“Our study is the first to report an advantage of speaking two languages in people who are unable to read, suggesting that a person’s level of education is not a sufficient explanation for this difference,” said study author Suvarna Alladi, DM, with Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India. “Speaking more than one language is thought to lead to better development of the areas of the brain that handle executive functions and attention tasks, which may help protect from the onset of dementia.”

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Article from Technician Online: Translation careers expected to increase

Here is an article by Rachel Coffman for Technician Online:

Translation and interpretation is currently one of the top 15 fastest growing careers in the nation, and it can be a valuable skill for students in science, technology, engineering or math fields, according to the United States Department of Labor.

Department of Labor officials expect 25,000 jobs in written translation and verbal interpretation to open by 2020. According to Ingrid Schmidt, the director of study abroad and associate vice provost for international affairs, N.C. State administrators and faculty are urging students to pursue majors or minors in a foreign language as a result.

(c) Karen Roe on flickr.

(c) Karen Roe on flickr

“Employers are increasingly growing in engagement with companies internationally,” Schmidt said. “Students in so many fields are going to be interacting with people from other cultures, so they are encouraged to continue with their language study that began in high school.”

The increasing value of translators and interpreters in the workforce is due to the demographics of the U.S. becoming increasingly diverse in both large and small businesses. Schmidt said that some of the highest paying interpretation and translation jobs are in technical fields—a valuable prospect for students majoring in STEM programs at N.C. State.

“Students majoring in engineering who also consider studying a language can distinguish themselves above and beyond their peers who just have a technical degree,” Schmidt said.

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