The AP (4/30, Neergaard) reports that “some people told they have Alzheimer’s may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease.” It is unclear “how many people have this particular type” of dementia, “which an international team of scientists defined Tuesday in the journal Brain.” CNN (4/30, Nedelman) reports, “The disease, called LATE, may often mirror the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, though it affects the brain differently and develops more slowly than Alzheimer’s.” According to CNN, “The acronym LATE stands for limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy.” This “full name refers to the area in the brain most likely to be affected, as well as the protein at the center of it all.” HealthDay (4/30, Norton) reports that “LATE mainly affects people older than 80, the experts explained.” HealthDay adds that “it may account for about 17% of all cases of dementia.” Also covering the story are The Guardian (UK) (4/30, Devlin), BBC News Online (UK) (4/30, Roberts), the Telegraph (UK) (4/30, Knapton), MedPage Today (4/30, George), and Science News (4/30, Sanders).(SOURCE: APA Headlines)
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