Sunday, June 10, 2007

Alzheimer's cases may quadruple by 2050

From Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON - More than 26 million people worldwide have
Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050. At that rate, one in 85 people will have the brain-destroying disease in 40 years, researchers from Johns Hopkins University conclude. ...

The new estimates... serve as a sobering reminder of the toll to come if scientists cannot find better ways to battle Alzheimer's and protect aging brains. "If we can make even modest advances in preventing Alzheimer's disease, or delay its progression, we could have a huge global public health impact..."

The Onion has a video up on Alzheimer's. Too painful, and too close to home, for me to post. No point in raising questions of taste on Onion stories--goes with the territory.

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