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Some blood pressure drugs found to slow dementia

Published on Jul 26, 2013 6:33 AM

PARIS, France (AFP) - A class of drugs designed to lower blood pressure also slightly brakes the progression of dementia among the elderly and may even boost brain power marginally, a study published on Friday said.

Doctors in Cork, Ireland, looked at data from a long-term study involving 361 patients aged in their late seventies on average who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a form of dementia.

The group, enrolled at memory clinics in two university hospitals in Ontario, Canada, was monitored between 1999 and 2010, using two standard tests to track their cognitive skills.

Eighty-five of them were already taking blood pressure medication called centrally active angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors - better known as CACE-I drugs - when they were enrolled in the study.

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