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The World in Medicine
May 14, 2003

Surge in Global Cancer Rates?

JAMA. 2003;289(18):2349. doi:10.1001/jama.289.18.2349-a

Small, symptomless strokes more than double the risk of developing Alzheimer disease, according to a large study by Dutch researchers (N Engl J Med. 2003;348:1215-1222).

In a population-based study of 1015 people aged 60 to 90 years and free of dementia and stroke, participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging and cognitive testing in 1995-1996 and were retested in 1999-2000. The researchers, from Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, found that participants who had silent strokes revealed during the first testing period were more than twice as likely as those without such lesions to develop dementia.

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