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Dementia

24 February 2011

Alzheimer's disease is often misdiagnosed

New research shows that Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses may be easily misdiagnosed in the elderly.

New research shows that Alzheimer's disease and other dementing illnesses may be easily misdiagnosed in the elderly, according to early results of a study of people in Hawaii, who had their brains autopsied after death.

For the study, researchers autopsied the brains of 426 Japanese-American men who were residents of Hawaii, and who died at an average age of 87 years. Of those, 211 had been diagnosed with dementia when they were alive, most commonly attributed to Alzheimer's disease.

 

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