Modern life is causing dementia to develop earlier than ever, according to new research.
Experts have found that more people are developing the symptoms of mental decline of dementia and scientists have blamed PCs, mobile phones, chemicals and electronic devices for the shift.
The study, carried out by Bournemouth University, found that deaths as a result of neurological illness rose in all 16 countries covered by the research.
Researchers found a sharp rise in the deaths from dementia and other neurological disease in under-74s, and believe that the figures cannot be explained away by the fact we live longer.
Professor Colin Pritchard, who led the study, said: ‘[This rise] cannot be genetic because the period is too short.
‘Whilst there will be some influence of more elderly people, it does not account for the earlier onset; the differences between countries nor the fact that more women have been affected, as their lives have changed more than men’s over the period.’