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Hidden in the make-up of our blood might be some of the signs which could be predictive of someone's risk of developing dementia. In this experimental medicine study, the team examined the relationship between traditional indexes of cognitive ability and specific proteins – lipidomics and lipoproteins – which are easily found and measured in the blood.

What did the researchers find?

The researchers found that lipid 'biomarkers' can be used to predict a small amount of variance in cognition. The results provide important data which supports potential therapeutic strategies for vascular causes of cognitive decline and dementia.