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Preventive Neurology is blog devoted to medical, lifestyle and wellness practices that are designed to avert and avoid neurological disease. For example, screening for hypertension and treating it before it causes diseases such as stroke or dementia, is good preventive neurology. Preventive neurology takes a proactive approach to patient care; prevention is better than having to deal with consequences of neurological disease. 

The activities on this blog are a public engagement tool to support several preventive neurology research initiatives within the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London.  

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QMUL Press release:

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