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Sixty seconds on . . . dogs and dementia

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 01 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2852
  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ


Down boy, although I can understand your excitement. New research says a dog can reduce the risk of developing dementia in old age.


Any dog. Dog ownership has a suppressive effect on incident disabling dementia, according to the study published in Preventive Medicine Reports.1 The researchers claim this is the first time that scientists have established a clear link between owning a dog and the onset of dementia.

What do the labs say?

The scientists …

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