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As boomers age, Alzheimer's crisis looms

Duke University Pratt School Of Engineering : 30 December, 2006  (Technical Article)
As the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement age, Alzheimer's disease may soon become an even greater health problem for Americans. A conference at Duke next month will look at advances toward finding new treatments or a cure for the condition. Researchers say increased participation in clinical studies is critical in the fight against Alzheimer's.
As the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement age, Alzheimer's disease may soon become an even greater health problem for Americans. A conference at Duke next month will look at advances toward finding new treatments or a cure for the condition. Researchers say increased participation in clinical studies is critical in the fight against Alzheimer's.

'America may be on the threshold of a major public health crisis. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, cases of Alzheimerís disease are expected to grow to record numbers in the coming years. Don Schmechel, director of the Bryan Alzheimerís Disease Research Center at Duke University Medical Center, says clinical trials of new medications and genetic research, together with expanded care and support resources, are all critical to someday conquering Alzheimerís. 'A lot of researchers strongly believe that early diagnosis and treatment could already make a huge impact. But society right now is really not girded up to deal with it, and we will pay the price.' Duke will hold its annual Alzheimerís conference for patients, families and medical professionals next month. Schmechel says itís an opportunity to learn the latest advances in Alzheimerís research and connect to a broad support network. 'Facing the illness face-to-face, participating in research, and trying to get the best possible treatment for your loved one gives you some degree of control over this and actually I think gives you a more successful outcome.' To learn more about the Duke conference, call (919) 660-7510. Iím Cabell Smith for MedMinute.
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