Deaths from Alzheimer’s more than reported, study says

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for many more deaths than we’ve realized, a new study concludes, making it nearly as lethal as the nation’s two biggest killers, heart disease and cancer.

Death certificates record immediate cause of death, but often miss the underlying cause, which is why Alzheimer’s has been undercounted, according to Bryan James, an epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, who led the research.

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