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Pandemic increases dementia deaths in Brazil among blacks, while rate drops among whites – study

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Deaths of black and mixed-race people by dementia increased by approximately 15 percentage points in Brazil in 2020, a new study shows. However, the death rate decreased (-1.4) for whites compared to 2019, a pre-pandemic year, and the following year, which was dominated by the health crisis triggered by the coronavirus.

The researchers point to risk factors the black population is more susceptible to, which have worsened with Covid-19 as potential explanations for this discrepancy.

Conducted by scientists from UFPel (Federal University of Pelotas) and UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do . . .

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