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Delirium could accelerate dementia – related mental decline

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Further research is needed to understand exactly how delirium interacts with dementia, and how this could be blocked, researchers said.

“If delirium is causing brain injury in the short and long-term, then we must increase our efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat delirium. Ultimately, targeting delirium could be a chance to delay or reduce dementia,” said Daniel Davis, who led the research while at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Scientists looked at three European populations – inFinland, Cambridge and UK-wide – and examined brain specimens in 987 people aged 65 and older.

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