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Vol. 27, No. 4, 2009
Issue release date: April 2009
Section title: Original Research Article
Free Access
Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2009;27:382–389

Uric Acid and Dementia in Community-Dwelling Older Persons

Ruggiero C.a · Cherubini A.a · Lauretani F.b · Bandinelli S.c · Maggio M.d · Di Iorio A.e · Zuliani G.f · Dragonas C.g · Senin U.a · Ferrucci L.h
aInstitute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Perugia, bTuscany Regional Health Agency, and cA.S.F. Geriatric Rehabilitation, Florence, dDepartment of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Parma, eLaboratory of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Chieti, Chieti, fSection of Internal Medicine, Gerontology, and Geriatrics, University of Ferrara, Italy; gInstitute for Biomedicine of Aging, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany; hLongitudinal Studies Section, National Institute on Aging, NIH, Baltimore, Md., USA
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Carmelinda Ruggiero, MD, Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology,

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Perugia

Ospedale S. Maria della Misericordia, Blocco A Piano 4, Piazzale Menghini 1

IT–06156 Perugia (Italy)

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