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Screening tool augments prediction of dementia risk

A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that individuals whose Mini-Mental State Examination scores dropped by at least 2 points over two years were more likely to develop dementia, while an even higher dementia risk was found among those who also had imperfect Visual Association Test scores. Researchers suggest that VAT "may help distinguish older adults who need further cognitive examination from those in whom a watchful waiting policy is justified."

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