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Alzheimer's disease may kill as many as cancer in US

Published on Mar 6, 2014 6:03 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Deaths from Alzheimer's disease are under-reported in the United States and the most common form of dementia may be taking as many lives as heart disease or cancer, said a study on Wednesday.

Alzheimer's disease currently ranks sixth among causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is first, and cancer second.

But researchers reported in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, that Alzheimer's-linked deaths could be six times more common than thought.

"Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are under-reported on death certificates and medical records," said study author Bryan James of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

 
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