US Wants Effective Alzheimer's Treatment By 2025

The government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for developing effective ways to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025.

The Obama administration is developing the first National Alzheimer's Plan to find better treatments for the mind-destroying disease and offer better day-to-day care for those afflicted.

A draft of the overall goals sets the 2025 deadline, but doesn't provide details of how to fund the necessary research. Today's treatments only temporarily ease some dementia symptoms, and work to find better ones has been frustratingly slow.

A committee of Alzheimer's experts is meeting this week to advise the government on finalizing the plan.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's or similar dementias, and the number is growing steadily as the population rapidly ages.


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  • by Christi on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
    I think they should go ahead and start doing more research, it is a horrible disease. Nobody can imagine the horrible feeling you have when you hear those words come from your loved one's doctor saying that is their diagnosis. Words can't explain the pain you have almost instantly. My mother has been diagnosed about 4 years ago and it is a day at the time process. My heart goes out to anybody else that has this battle in their family.
  • by John Bob Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    Once again we have another example of our government spending money on research that should be left to the private sector. We need more wars and less research, but the liberals don't have the intelligence to realize this fact. Obama must be sent packing and replaced by a Republican who will noyt squander away our tax resources on waste such as medical research.
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