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ICAD: Lung Function Deficiency Tied to Dementia Risk

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MADRID, July 18 -- Lung function of Medicare-age patients, as measured by standard spirometry, can suggest how likely they are to develop dementia in the next five to six years, researchers reported here.

Lung capacity tests were performed with patients, all 65 or older, who were followed prospectively for more than five years before they were examined again and their dementia status was assessed, said a Seattle team.

Dementia in this study was defined as total dementia, including the dementia subtypes of Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and mixed dementia.

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