September 7th, 2011

When Lapses Are Not Just Signs of Aging

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Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., described mild cognitive impairment as “an intermediate state of cognitive function,” somewhere between the changes seen normally as people age and the severe deficits associated with dementia. While most people experience a gradual cognitive decline as they get older (only about one in 100 lives long without cognitive loss), others experience more extreme changes in cognitive function, the neurologist wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine in June. Additional coverage: AARP,  International Herald Tribune

NY Times, by Jane Brody, 9/7/11

Tags: Neurology

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