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Statin May Reduce Risk of Dementia and Parkinson's Disease

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o Explain to interested patients that this report describes findings from a retrospective study, which cannot be used to establish a causal relationship.

o Explain to interested patients that simvastatin and other statins are approved for treatment of hyperlipidemia, not for the prevention of dementia or Parkinson's disease.

BOSTON, July 19 -- Simvastatin (Zocor) may enrich the brain as well as help sustain the heart, according to researchers here.

The statin reduced the risk of incident dementia by more than 54% and the risk of newly acquired Parkinson's disease by 49% in patients 65 or older, Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., of Boston University, and colleagues, reported online in BMC Medicine

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