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People with memory problems 'less likely to develop dementia than once thought'

People with memory problems 'less likely to develop dementia than once thought'
24th March 2009

Those who suffer from memory problems are less likely to develop dementia than was previously believed by scientists, according to new research by a local British health service.

In a study by the University of Leicester and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, it was understood that those in high-risk groups developed dementia in ten per cent of cases within five to ten years, with only five per cent of low-risk cases getting the condition.

The investigation was led by Dr Alex Mitchell, who said that people should not be as worried about the link as before.

He said the results should be seen as a positive thing for those with such difficulties in recalling things, adding that even those having problems in a GP-led recollection tests may benefit from the research.

Dr Mitchell continued: "There is a large effort to find out who is most at risk of further decline as well to find strategies that might slow down such progress."

Last week, Laing & Buisson surveyed care for dementia across the country to find thousands of patients are currently being treated by untrained staff.

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