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Aspirin 'could slow down mental decline'

Aspirin 'could slow down mental decline'
24th October 2012

New research has stated older adults may be able to slow down their mental decline by taking aspirin.

According to a study conducted by Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the women who received acetylsalicylic acid saw a slower rate of decline than those who did not take aspirin during the five-year trial.

Silke Kern, researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy, said: "At the end of the five-year examination period mental capacity had declined among all the women and the portion that suffered from dementia was equally large in the entire group."

However, it was stressed by the researcher that the study is observational and more studies are necessary before any definitive conclusions can be made.

It was added that those behind the research do not want to encourage older adults to self-medicate with aspirin to avoid dementia.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health in the UK announced it is aiming for the country to become a world-leader in the field of dementia research.

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