06/22/2015 12:28 pm ET Updated Jun 22, 2015

Steady Progress On Alzheimer's Disease


Arguably the most urgent and seemingly intractable of all the healthcare issues facing us today is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which is marked by progressive, inexorable loss of intellectual and social skills and ultimately, death.

As our population ages thanks to improvements in healthcare and lifestyle, the number of AD patients and the fraction of the elderly population in its grip will become a tidal wave, both in terms of expenditures and personal and family tragedies. There are currently an estimated five million Americans with AD-related dementia, a number likely to soar by mid-century.

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