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Sun, Mar 30

Alzheimer’s Is Expensive, Deadly and Growing. So Where’s the Research Money?

Sitting before a mostly absent Senate committee in February, actor Seth Rogen sought to draw attention to an as yet incurable disease that is quietly killing millions of Americans and, perhaps worse, reducing their final years to a harrowing ordeal for both them and their families. He had come to Washington, D.C., to talk about Alzheimer’s…”Everybody knew there was an impending crisis 20 years ago, but people were optimistic that some of the 20 or so drugs in trials would yield at least one breakthrough,” says Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, professor of psychiatry at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and coauthor of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan. “The reality is, in the last 20 years we haven’t had a single drug approved.” Read more.