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Amy Shives, right, and her husband George walk their cavalier King Charles spaniel Chester in their neighborhood June 3 in Spokane, Wash. Amy Shives was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 and has since been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because women tend to live longer than men.

By Lauran Neergaard, AP medical writer

WASHINGTON — Older women with mild memory impairment worsened about twice as fast as men, according to research that illustrates the especially hard toll that Alzheimer’s takes on women.

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