Dementia and Alzheimer’s overtake heart disease as biggest killer

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An ageing population means dementia and Alzheimer’s disease became the biggest causes of death in England and Wales in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Just under 62,000 people died of the two diseases, the ONS said, accounting for 11.6 per cent of all deaths. The mortality rate for the illnesses has more than doubled over the past five years.

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