Green tea extract 'boosts mental ability' in people with Down's

Conclusion This is an interesting, but early-stage, study into a treatment that might help people with Down's syndrome cope better with everyday life. However, the study does not provide conclusive evidence that green tea extract makes a big difference to people's thinking, memory or behaviour. Down's syndrome is a complex condition caused by an extra copy of a chromosome in someone's genes. It's not usually inherited. It has a range of effects, which include learning disabilities of differing degrees of seriousness. While early intensive training in childhood may help, there are no approved treatments for adults to improve learning disabilities. Research into treatments or training that can help people with Down's syndrome to live a more independent life is very welcome. This study has a number of limitations. The researchers looked at a wide range of test results, only a few of which were positive. Carrying out multiple tests increases the risk that some results may be positive simply because of chance. Also, the tests for changes in cognitive function in this group of people are not yet established, so we can't be sure they are a reliable way of measuring cognitive improvements. Bigger, longer-running studies might help establish whether green tea extract really is useful alongside cognitive training for people with Down's syndrome. We also need to see toxicity studies to be sure that high levels of green tea extract are safe for adults and children with this cond...
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