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Dementia

16 September 2010

Adult memory lapses not 'normal'

Forgetting someone's name, losing track of a parked car or misplacing a set of keys may be common occurrences in adulthood, but there is nothing normal about them, a new study claims.

Forgetting someone's name, losing track of a parked car or misplacing a set of keys may be common occurrences in adulthood, but there is nothing normal about them, a new study claims.

Without such lesions, no decline in mental acuity occurred, according to the 16-year study of 354 Catholic nuns, priests and brothers. The lesions, or lack of them, were found during autopsies.

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