ALZHEIMER’S THREAT: Scientists believe to have discovered new form of dementia

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SCIENTISTS believe they have discovered a new form of dementia which ‘mimics’ the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

The condition, known as LATE, is thought to affect about one in five elderly people, according to a new report.

The major study found a large portion of patients over 80 thought to have been suffering from Alzheimer’s could in fact have LATE, a condition which may need alternative treatment.  Symptoms for the two diseases are very similar, and include memory problems, mood issues, and cognitive decline, however LATE develops more slowly.

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Director of the US National Institute on Aging and co-chair of the review Nina Silverberg said: “Recent research and clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease have taught us not all of the people we thought had Alzheimer’s have it.”

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