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In 2004, Alzheimer’s moved from the eigth leading cause of death to the seventh–overtaking influenza and pneumonia.

Minino, Arialdi, Melonie Heron, and Betty L. Smith. Deaths: Preliminary data for 2004. Hyattsville, MD: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics; 2004. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/prelimdeaths04/preliminarydeaths04.htm

Reference

Title
Deaths: Preliminary data for 2004
Publisher
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health Statistics
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Minino, Arialdi, Melonie Heron, and Betty L. Smith
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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