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AAICPD: Low-Tech Tool Predicts Six-Year Risk of Dementia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - WASHINGTON, June 11 -- The risk of developing dementia within six years can be predicted by a simple assessment tool that relies on clinical impression and patient history, researchers reported here.

The key indicators were older age, non-white race, poor cognitive function, poor physical performance, extreme inactivity, history of bypass surgery, low body mass index, and lack of alcohol consumption (ROC, 0.79; 95% CI: 0.76 - 0.81; accuracy, 87%), said Deborah F. Barnes, Ph.D., of the University of California San Francisco.

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