Today's Top Alzheimer's News

The debate over federal health insurance for expensive Alzheimer's scans, one couple's life after Alzheimer's, and the financial crisis cripples Spain's medical research community (read more).

Must reads

  • A July 1, 2013 Bloomberg article reported on the debate over "whether federal health insurance should cover the cost of a $3,000 test that for the first time accurately identifies the signature brain plaques of Alzheimer’s disease." According to the article, "Over the last decade, attempts to develop an effective Alzheimer’s’ treatment have come up short, failing to crack an estimated $20 billion market. As a result, scientists have called for a national research effort that was recently endorsed by U.S. President Barack Obama....Deciding how such tests will be used in the future is an important issue as the Baby Boom ages. More than 60 percent of family caregivers for those with dementia rated the emotional stress of their effort as high or very high in a 2010 poll of 3,118 people in that situation, and 39 percent of caregivers suffer depression that needs to be treated, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology."
  • A June 29, 2013 NPR radio story and article profiled how Alzheimer's has impacted the lives of Pansy and Winston Greene. According to the article, "Right now, 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. One of them is 73-year-old Pansy Greene. She's in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and she and her husband, Winston, want people to know that so far, their daily lives have changed little despite the diagnosis."
  • A June 29, 2013 NPR Weekend Edition radio interview with Dr. Jason Karlawish of the University of Pennsylvania covered what "gains in treatment of the disease [Alzheimer's] have been made in the psycho-social realm — preparing the patient and the caregiver for what to expect." 

 International 

  • A June 29, 2013 Agence France Presse (AFP) article reported on the impact of the financial crisis in Spain on its medical research. According to the article, "The Confederation of Scientific Associations of Spain (COSCE) said in a recent report that public investment in scientific research fell by 45 percent from nine billion to five billion euros between 2009, the year after the crisis started, and 2013.Scientists warn this leaves much hard-won progress in a crucial sector at risk of evaporating."

 

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