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Alzheimer's Disease occurrence to triple by 2050

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     It's a startling statistic.

     The number of people in the U-S with Alzheimer's Disease will almost triple by 2050.

     That's the latest projection, according to a study in the journal "Neurology".

     Researchers studied records of nearly 11,000 patients sixty-five and older who were examined every three years and screened for dementia.

     The researchers project that -- by the year 2050 -- more than 13.8 million Americans will have Alzheimer's.

     The authors warn the rising tide of Alzheimer's will be a huge burden -- not just for patients and their families -- but for the U-S health system.

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