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Commonhealth: Brain Decline May Begin At 4506:41

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A brain scan. (Courtesy of dreamattack/Flickr)
A brain scan. (Courtesy of dreamattack/Flickr)

While previous research suggested the cognitive decline does not begin until the age of 60. But a major new study on "cognitive decline" out in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) states that our brains may begin slowing much earlier--as soon as age 45.

We take a closer look in our Commonhealth segment.


  • Carey Goldberg, co-host, WBUR's Commonhealth Blog
  • Francine Grodstein, researcher at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard School of Public Health


This program aired on January 10, 2012.

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