What is the risk of developing a neurological disease?

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Dementia, stroke and parkinsonism are among the leading causes of disability and death among older people, and are estimated to cost the global economy more than 2% of annual GDP.

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This socioeconomic burden is forecast to worsen in coming years because of an ageing population and steady increases in life expectancy, presenting new challenges for governments worldwide.

But what is a person’s lifetime risk of developing these neurological diseases, which share many risk factors?

According to Dutch researchers, led by PhD student Silvan Licher, from

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