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Dementia

20 January 2011

Adult ADHD may preceede dementia

Adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have a more than threefold increased risk of developing a common form of degenerative dementia, a new study says.

Adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a more than threefold increased risk of developing a common form of degenerative dementia called dementia with lewy bodies (DLB), a new study says.

Dementia with lewy bodies "is thought to account for around 10% of dementia cases in older people, but it tends to be under-diagnosed because it shares some characteristics with both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's," said lead author Dr Angel Golimstok.

 

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