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1 in 3 People Could Develop This Alzheimer’s-Like Disease by Age 85

ach year, 500,000 people learn that they have Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disease marked by problems with memory and thinking that interfere with daily life. Now new research suggests some of these people—especially those aged 85 and older—may actually have a newly coined form of dementia known as LATE: limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy. The acronym is apt since the condition tends to strike people later in life than Alzheimer’s.

“Approximately one in three of all persons over age 85 diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may actually have LATE,” says study author Peter Nelson, MD, PhD, a professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

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