Today's Top Alzheimer's News
June 19, 2014
Survey finds most people thinking Alzheimer's is a normal part of aging, MIT professors propose new superfund to cure Alzheimer's, and David Cameron doubles down on dementia commitment (read more).
- A June 19, 2014 The Atlantic article reported that "A multinational survey released today found that 59 percent of people incorrectly believe that Alzheimer’s disease is a typical part of aging." Also reported on by Time.
- A June 18, 2014 MIT News reported that MIT professors "propose creating a public-private partnership that would fund research for a diverse array of drug-discovery projects simultaneously." According to the article, "Such an approach would increase the chances of a therapeutic breakthrough, they say, and the inclusion of public funding would help mitigate the risks and costs of Alzheimer’s research for the private sector. There would be a long-term public-sector payoff, according to the researchers: Government funding for Alzheimer’s research would pale in comparison to the cost of caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers in public health-care programs. The paper’s model of the new funding approach calls for an outlay of $38.4 billion over 13 years for research; the costs of Medicare and Medicaid support for Alzheimer’s patients in 2014 alone is estimated to be $150 billion." Also reported on by UC Santa Barbara.
- A June 18, 2014 The Independent (UK) article reported that UK Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his pledge to cure dementia by 2025. According to Cameron, "We have to fight to cure it. I know some people will say it’s not possible, but we have seen with cancer what medicine can achieve."
- A June 18, 2014 Associated Press (via 10 News) reported that "Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed into a law a bill (HB 709) that creates a program to fund projects aimed at preventing or finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease." According to the article, "The legislation also requires the state to create a registration program to keep track of residents with special needs who may need shelter during an emergency."