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China's Alzheimer's time bomb revealed

发布时间:2017-10-07 06:01:26来源:未知点击:

CHINA has a time bomb on its hands. New figures reveal that in 2010 it had more people living with Alzheimer’s disease than any other country in the world – and twice as many cases of Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia as the World Health Organization thought. Cases of all forms of age-related dementia in the country rose from 3.7 million in 1990 to 9.2 million in 2010. That’s according to the first comprehensive analysis of Chinese epidemiological research, carried out by an international consortium and made possible by the recent digitisation of Chinese-language research papers (The Lancet, doi.org/msp). It is bad news for a country where 90 per cent of the elderly must be cared for by their families. The findings reflect the “bulge” in births in the 1950s and 1960s – a typical result of modernisation. Martin Prince of King’s College London says that if midlife obesity is a risk factor for dementia,