Today's Top Alzheimer's News
April 29, 2014
Alzheimer's potential to bankrupt nations, the global rise of Alzheimer's cases, and the impact of strategic thinking on brain health (read more).
- An April 29, 2014 Wired UK article reported on Alzheimer's potential to "bankrupt nations." According to the article, "Despite this major breakthrough, Kaplan is worried that the current trajectory of the disease will cause huge economic problems if governments don't invest more into research now. Alzheimer's is already estimated to cost $600 billion (£360 billion) a year --that's one percent of US GDP -- hence, according to Kaplan, its ability to bankrupt nations."
- An April 28, 2014 Huffington Post article by Eric J. Hall, Chairman of Alzheimer’s Global Initiative, highlighted the dramatic rise in Alzheimer's cases across the nation. According to Hall, "The hard truth of the matter is that Alzheimer's disease is growing in prevalence in our world today, and the amount of funding given to this disease, in comparison to the number of lives it takes, simply does not add up. With this in mind, we all need to take a moment to truly understand what this rise in Alzheimer's cases mean. Most importantly, we need to determine what we can do as a nation to help get the funding necessary to finally find a cure and save the millions who are impacted by this disease every year."
Research and science
- An April 28, 2014 Science 2.0 article reported on research that links strategic thinking to strengthened intellectual capacity. According to the article, "Strategy-based cognitive training has the potential to enhance cognitive performance and spill over to real-life benefit according to a data-driven perspective article by the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.The research-based perspective highlights cognitive, neural and real-life changes measured in randomized clinical trials that compared a gist-reasoning strategy-training program to memory training in populations ranging from teenagers to healthy older adults, individuals with brain injury to those at-risk for Alzheimer's disease."