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New research identifies modifiable dementia risk factor in elderly people

October 16, 2018

For older adults, it may seem as though the die is already cast regarding their odds of developing dementia, but new research from the University of Pittsburgh has identified a dementia risk factor among older adults that should be modifiable even well into old age.

The study, which draws on data collected from following hundreds of elderly Pittsburghers for more than 15 years, was published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The main finding is that arterial stiffness is a good proxy for predicting who will go on to develop dementia.

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