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Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing – changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue. Researchers Sunday outlined a syndrome called "mild behavioral impairment" that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, affects more than 5 million people in the U.S., a number growing as the population ages.It creeps up, quietly ravaging the brain a decade or two before the first symptoms become noticeable.If validated, the checklist could help doctors better identify people at risk of brewing Alzheimer's and study changes over time.r Preliminary results from a study of "brain training" suggested one type might help delay cognitive impairment.A decade later, that reaction-time training suggested benefit: 12 percent of people who'd completed up to 10 hours had evidence of cognitive decline or dementia compared with 14 percent in the control group, said Dr. Jerri Edwards of the University of South Florida.
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