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Statin use not linked to memory or cognitive decline in the elderly, study reports

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Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Sydney, Australia) and the Centre for Healthy Brain Aging at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) have indicated that there is no difference in the rate of memory or cognitive decline in elderly statin users compared with never users. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that statins may even protect against memory decline.

The team examined changes in memory and global cognition regarding the use of statins in 1037 elderly individuals over a 6-year period.

Participants’ medication and duration of use were categorized as statin ever use versus never use, continuous statin use during observation versus never use, specific statins (simvastatin, pravastatin and atorvastatin) versus never use and statin initiation during observation period versus never use.

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