"Report: 35 million-plus worldwide have dementia
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer
Monday, September 21, 2009
(09-21) 03:27 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it's an ominous forecast as the population grays.
The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier research underestimated Alzheimer's growing impact in developing countries.
Barring a medical breakthrough, the World Alzheimer Report projects dementia will nearly double every 20 years. By 2050, it will affect a staggering 115.4 million people, the report concludes.
"We are facing an emergency," said Dr. Daisy Acosta, who heads Alzheimer's Disease International, which released the report Monday.
The U.S. and other developed countries long have been bracing for Alzheimer's to skyrocket. But the report aims to raise awareness of the threat in poorer countries, where finally people are living long enough to face what is mostly a disease of the 65-and-older population.
While age is the biggest driver of Alzheimer's, some of the same factors that trigger heart disease — obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes — seem to increase the risk of dementia, too. (my emphasis) Those are problems also on the rise in many developing countries."
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It is the little shadow which runs across the grass
and loses itself in the sunset.
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The Air shares its spirit with
all the life it supports."
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can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
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