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More deaths attributed to Alzheimers than previously thought

Updated: Monday, March 10 2014, 10:57 PM CDT
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New research attributes many more deaths to Alzheimer's disease than previously reported.

The study -- published in the Journal Neurology -- says death rates from Alzheimer's should be closer to 500,000 annually.
   
That's about 6-times the number of deaths estimated by the Alzheimer's Association in 2010.

Researchers say deaths from Alzheimer's Disease are under reported because medical examiners usually only list the more immediate cause of death, such as a heart attack or pneumonia.
   
The research suggests Alzheimer's is nearly as lethal as heart disease and cancer.

More deaths attributed to Alzheimers than previously thought

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