Apr 14, 2009 | 2
Cholesterol-busting statins may lower the odds of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, but they don't appear to ward off dementia as researchers had hoped, a new review of clinical trials suggests.
"There is really no evidence that statins do prevent dementia, especially in elderly people (age 70 and older)," says Bernadette McGuinness, a geriatrician at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, and co-author of the study published today in The Cochrane Library.
Feb 9, 2009 | 2
Giving Alzheimer's patients a battery of cognitive tests may help predict whether it's safe for them (and us) to get behind the wheel, according to a new study.
"We found that tests that involved visual perception and visual memory were particularly important in preventing driving errors," says Jeffrey Dawson, a biostatistician at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Iowa City and lead author of the study published in Neurology.
Dawson hopes the findings will pave the way for the creation of a test that physicians could give to people diagnosed with Alzheimer's to determine if it’s safe for them to be on the road.
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