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Depression is not a risk factor for dementia, large cohort study concludes

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2409 (Published 18 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2409
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Depression does not seem to increase the risk for dementia, but depressive symptoms in later life could be a feature of dementia’s preclinical phase, a 28 year follow-up study in the UK has found.1

The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that people with chronic or recurrent depressive symptoms early in the study did not have an increased risk of dementia, but people with depressive symptoms later in the study showed an …

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