Disorder, known as LATE, affects different brain proteins and so may require different from of treatment

A new form of dementia that “mimics” the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and is thought to affect about one in five elderly people has been recognised in a major scientific report.

The international review concluded that a substantial fraction of patients aged over 80 who were assumed to have Alzheimer’s are suffering from a different brain disorder known as LATE. The under-recognised disease is likely to have a public health impact comparable with Alzheimer’s, the authors said.

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