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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the U.S.

Nussbaum, Robert L, and Christopher E Ellis. Genomic Medicine: Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. N Engl J Med. 2003; 348(14): 1356-64. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM2003ra020003

Reference

Title
Genomic Medicine: Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease
Publication
N Engl J Med
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Nussbaum, Robert L, and Christopher E Ellis
Volume & Issue
Volume 348, Issue 14
Pages
1356-64
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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