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Alzheimer’s deaths much more common than thought

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NEW YORK — Nearly half a million elderly Americans likely died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, a figure almost six times higher than previous estimates of annual deaths, according to a new study released on Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that approximately 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, and that 83,000 die from the condition each year.

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