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[Correspondence] Low back pain

We read with interest the Lancet Series on low back pain1,2 outlining the causes, consequences, and challenges associated with low back pain. However, the authors might have collectively missed a valuable opportunity to acknowledge the emerging link between chronic pain, accelerated cognitive decline, and dementia given that there are over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia at a cost of US$818 billion, with the number of people projected to almost double every 20 years.3 Dementia is, after all, Britain’s single biggest killer.