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Dementia Overtakes Heart Disease As Leading Cause Of Death

International Business Times

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics reveals that over 61,000 people died of dementia last year, making the chronic mental disorder the leading cause of death in England and Wales. Given the new statistics, dementia -- including Alzheimer's disease -- has now surpassed heart disease as the common cause of death in the ageing population. The new report also indicates that dementia accounts for 11.6 percent of recorded deaths in 2015, and this is due to the fact that people now live longer, making them more prone to develop diseases aside from ischemic heart diseases, which now account for 11.5 percent of registered deaths. Comparing the data collected from male and female deaths registered in 2015, heart disease remains to be the leading cause of death among men though the percentage has dropped from 14.8 percent in 2014 to 14.3 percent in 2015. On the other hand, dementia and Alzheimer's now account for 15.2 percent of deaths among women -- a big jump from the 13.4 percentage documented a year before.

Why the news on dementia deaths is not as bad as it sounds

New Scientist

Dementia has cemented its position as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. But part of the rise in dementia deaths can be explained by changes in how deaths are recorded. In fact, more people currently die from cancers than they do from dementia. The number of deaths due to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have been increasing for several years, accounting for nearly 13 per cent of all deaths registered in 2018. But part of the explanation for this apparent increase is two coding changes by the ONS in 2011 and 2014, to follow guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Risk Of Alzheimer's, Dementia Can Be Reduced By Lifestyle Changes, Report Says

International Business Times

There are no proven ways to prevent Alzheimer's around the world, however a new report presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London, claimed that if you can avoid nine risks mentioned in the report starting from your childhood, it might just delay or even have the potential to prevent about a third of dementia cases. The risks are related to lifestyle factors that need to be modified or changed in order to prevent the disease. The factors include the ones that can make your brain more vulnerable to memory problems. The report was compiled first by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care and published online Thursday. The commission includes 24 experts from around the world who review numerous studies and analyze them to produce a model that would explain how lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of dementia and might also prevent it.

Artificial Intelligence Could Predict Alzheimer's Disease Years Before Symptoms Begin

International Business Times

Artificial intelligence could predict Alzheimer's disease in a patient years before a doctor does, according to a new study by McGill University in Montreal. Researchers from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute's Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory at McGill were able to predict dementia by using AI techniques and big data to build an algorithm that can recognize signs of dementia two years in advance. Researchers used a single amyloid PET scan of the brain of patients at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease for the study. The early prognosis would give patients and families a chance to plan and manage treatment and care of the disease, researchers said. "By using this tool, clinical trials could focus only on individuals with a higher likelihood of progressing to dementia within the time frame of the study," Dr. Serge Gauthier, co-lead author of the study, said in a statement.

How Common Is Alzheimer's Disease, The Most Prevalent Form Of Dementia, In The US?

International Business Times

The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer's disease affects about 5.5 million Americans of all ages, according to Alzheimer's Association. It is a progressively debilitating disease that slowly affects memory and thinking skills. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia, which is the loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning. According to National Institute on Aging, the disease is current ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. However, the institute's recent estimates showed that the disease may rank third -- only behind heart disease and cancer -- as a cause of death among elderly people.