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Cognitive impairment may 'revert' to normal

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One in four elderly people with mild cognitive impairment - a precursor to dementia - naturally 'reverts' to normal cognition, research from the University of New South Wales shows.

The findings, published in PLOS ONE, challenge a popular belief that the cognition of older people with mild problems always spirals downwards.

In the study, people who reverted to normal levels of cognition were found to me more resilient, generally. They were more likely to have controlled high blood pressure, and were more physically and mentally active.

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