Vitamin B trial offers hope to cut dementia
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Wednesday 14 September 2011
Scientists are hoping to start a nationwide clinical trial next year involving 1,000 elderly people across Britain to see whether taking vitamin B supplements can reduce the chances of developing senile dementia.
Research published last year on 270 men and women with mild cognitive impairment showed that a pill containing high doses of B6, B12 and folic acid can significantly reduce the chances of brain shrinkage over two years.
Scientists hope that using dietary supplements to improve mild cognitive impairment, which is associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease, might delay the onset of dementia.
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