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Folic Acid/Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Planned By NIH-Funded Consortium

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A consortium of NIH-sponsored Alzheimer's research centers plans to conduct a clinical trial that will examine the effect of folic acid, and possibly other vitamins and supplements, on the disease, the National Institute on Aging said

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