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News Summary: New Alzheimer's studies offer hope

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The Associated Press | December 3, 2012 01:32 PM EST | AP


ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH: Scientists at drugmakers including Merck, Eli Lilly and Roche are starting a new round of studies of potential drugs to treat or perhaps even prevent Alzheimer's disease.

HOPE ON HORIZON: The Alzheimer's Association's top scientist says if the studies pan out, a medicine to slow or even stop progression of the mind-robbing disease could be ready in three to five years.

DESPERATELY NEEDED: As the U.S. population ages, the number of Alzheimer's patients is expected to jump from 5.4 million now to 16 million by 2050, when care costs could hit $1.1 trillion.