Monday, April 16, 2007

Ginkgo for longevity?

"Memory" herb ginkgo may boost survival Reuters/Yahoo!News 3/16/07 "A study conducted in France provides preliminary evidence that older people who take Ginkgo biloba may be extending their lives, but are not reducing their risk of dementia...Among 3,534 men and women 65 and older, those who used the herb were 24 percent less likely to die over a 13-year period than their peers who didn't take ginkgo, Dr. Jean-Francois Dartigues at the University of Bordeaux ...The researchers found that while the effect of the herb on mortality risk remained significant, it had no effect on the likelihood of developing dementia. People taking other memory treatments were actually at increased risk of dementia, but did not have a greater risk of dying..."it cannot be excluded that Ginkgo biloba may have a beneficial effect on survival in the elderly population"..."

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