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Meaningful treatment outcomes in Alzheimer’s disease
  1. A Burns
  1. Department of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Manchester, Education & Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Manchester M23 9LT, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor A S Burns;

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  • Competing interests: AB receives honoria from parmaceutical companies involved in the development of drugs for people with Alzheimer’s disease

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