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ICAD: Lung Function Deficiency Tied to Dementia Risk

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o Explain to interested patients that this observational study suggests that lung function may be a predictor of the risk of the future development of dementia.

o This study was published as an abstract and presented orally at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary as they have not yet been reviewed and published in a peer-reviewed publication.

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.

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