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Excerpts from the report by the 2010 Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies

In the second of its 2010 State of the Chattanooga Region Report series, the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies today released an analysis of health conditions in the region. The report, based on public data, data from state law enforcement sources and survey data, highlights conditions across the six-county metropolitan area.

The Alzheimer's disease death rate in Hamilton County is almost double the national rate. Three-year (2006-2008) age-adjusted death rates for Alzheimer's disease were 48 per 100,000 in Hamilton County, compared with a national rate of 24.7 per 100,000 in 2007. Alzheimer's disease mortality in Hamilton County is also 31.5% higher than the state of Tennessee, which had the second highest rate in the nation in 2006 (after Washington).

Source: http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_185547.asp