Alzheimer’s deaths in the US higher than previously thought

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A new study suggests that about half a million elderly Americans died from [b]Alzheimer’s[/b] disease in 2010, an annual figure many times higher than previously believed. [s]Health24[/s] reports that the [b]US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention[/b] estimated that approximately 5m people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the US and 83,000 die from the condition each year. ‘Many people do not realise that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease,’ said lead author [b]Bryan James of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Centre in Chicago[/b[. The report says he and his colleagues note that current national estimates in the US are based on death certificates, which tend to underestimate deaths from dementia.
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