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  • More than 55 million people living with dementia – report
  • Prevalence on rise, set to affect 78 million by 2030
  • Risk factors include diet, hypertension, depression

GENEVA, Sept 2 (Reuters) – More than 55 million people worldwide are living with dementia, a neurological disorder that robs them of their memory and costs the world $1.3 trillion a year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

The progressive condition can be caused by stroke, brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease. With populations ageing, the number of sufferers is projected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139 million by 2050, the WHO said in a report.

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