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Worldwide causes of mortality have changed between 1990 and 2013, but what has happened to the neurological causes of death? Cerebrovascular disease has risen (5th to 3rd) as has brain cancer (57th to 47th). Neurological infections have dropped: meningitis from 15th to 23rd and encephalitis from 49th to 59th; of note, measles plummeted from 12th to 43rd. Epilepsy, in contrast, is relatively unmoved (50th vs 52nd). Overall, however, neurological causes of death are marginally raised with one of the largest increases seen in Parkinson's disease (up by 28%).

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