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  • PPIs Linked to Lower Cognitive Decline in Latest Study A new observational study has smoothed the waters somewhat over concerns about a possible increased risk for dementia with proton-pump inhibitors.
  • EAN EAN Meeting to Explore Outcome Measures in Neurology Outcome measures are the overarching theme of the European Academy of Neurology meeting, which promises a broad range of highlights, including an appearance by Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
  • Elevated Brain Amyloid Linked to Later Cognitive Decline A new analysis using ADNI data suggests increased brain amyloid on imaging or in cerebrospinal fluid is associated with later cognitive decline, indicating it may be possible to intervene before symptoms begin.
  • MDS Visual Test May Flag Risk for Parkinson's Dementia A new study suggests that patients with Parkinson's disease did worse than controls on an online test of visual processing related to object recognition.


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  • Zika Diagnosis Confirmed by Placental Sample TestingCDC study found that testing for RNA in placental samples can confirm the diagnosis of Zika in cases that are not definitive; appropriate testing and follow-up are still critical.
  • PCMH Implementation Assistance Program Has Mixed ResultsMost federally qualified health centers that got the help achieved level 3 PCMH status, a new study has found. But they also had more ED visits and hospital admissions than a control group.


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