Study: Wine Prevents Alzheimer's Disease

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<P> PARIS (Reuter) - Three or four glasses of wine a day can
help prevent Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia, according
to a study by scientists in France's wine capital published
Monday.</P>
<P> The study, by researchers at Bordeaux University Hospital,
showed that moderate consumption reduced by 75 percent the risk
of developing either condition.</P>
<P> The study prompted extended coverage on television and radio
in a country where about 350,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's
and wine is part of the national culture. Some 90,000 new cases
of Alzheimer's are reported each year.</P>
<P> Dr. Jean-Marc Orgogozo, who directed the nine-year project
involving almost 4,000 subjects, said it was too early to advise
the elderly to drink wine to fend off senility or Alzheimer's.</P>
<P> But he said the study suggested strongly that it could help.</P>
<P> ``It seems that there is no medical rationale to advise
people over 65 to quit drinking wine moderately as this habit
carries no specific risk and may even be of some benefit to
their health,'' Orgogozo wrote.</P>
<P> The study, to be detailed in the French medical magazine
Revue Neurologique, suggested that heavy or light wine drinking
carried no health benefit.</P>
<P> Orgogozo told Reuters that even in the light of previous
research showing wine's protective effect against heart disease,
the extent of the benefit was surprising.</P>
<P> ``There was a really sharp drop (in Alzheimer's and
senility) among subjects who drank wine moderately,'' Orgogozo
said.</P>
<P> Orgogozo said the study was paid for by the Fondation de
France, French insurer Axa and pharmaceutical firm Novartis. He
added that the wine industry had no role.</P>
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