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Medical News & Perspectives
June 23 2010

Effective Prevention Remains Elusive for Cognitive Decline and Dementia

JAMA. 2010;303(24):2462. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.832

As a clinician, Carl Bell, MD, wants physicians to be able to give their patients the most accurate information on cognitive decline and Alzheimer disease. But as a leading-edge baby boomer, Bell, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, also has a personal stake in compiling state-of-the-science data on ways to prevent both conditions.

“I’m 63 and I’m scared to death of these disorders,” Bell said during a press briefing following the release of a National Institutes of Health consensus panel statement on whether existing interventions can effectively prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer disease (

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