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NIH Panel Finds Insufficient Evidence to Support Preventive Measures for Alzheimer's Disease

Posted Apr 28 2010 2:35pm

"Alzheimer's disease is a feared and heart-breaking disease," said Dr. Martha L. Daviglus, conference panel chair and professor of preventive medicine and medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago. "We wish we could tell people that taking a pill or doing a puzzle every day would prevent this terrible disease, but current evidence doesn't support this....."
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline -- NIH State-of-the-Science Conference

Many preventive measures for cognitive decline and for preventing Alzheimer's disease—mental stimulation, exercise, and a variety of dietary supplements—have been studied over the years. However, an independent panel convened this week by the National Institutes of Health determined that the value of these strategies for delaying the onset and/or reducing the severity of decline or disease hasn't been demonstrated in rigorous studies.
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