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- Alzheimer's disease
- Pathophysiology and diagnosis
- Other dementia subtypes
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Dementia is a syndrome characterized by a generalized decline in cognition that is severe enough to cause functional impairment in daily activities. Dementia can be caused by a variety of conditions common in late life, including vascular diseases or strokes, Parkinson's disease, Lewy body disease (dementia associated with abnormal brain cell structures called Lewy bodies), alcoholism, and Alzheimer's disease (which is, by far, the most common cause of dementia).
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