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Dementia Cost Burns Through 1% of Global GDP

Dementia Cost Burns Through 1% of Global GDP | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost 1 percent of the gross domestic product globally this year and that treatment tab will grow, making urgent the need for more research toward a cure, an advocacy group said.

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MaCrOeC2013's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:00 PM

Two legislations are in the U.S. Congress that would direct $2 billion to research for alzheimer's and make a national plan on how to deal with the disease, but neither has been voted on.  Dementia affects 65.7 million people, and the cost for it is 1% of the global GDP, and will continue to rise.  Alzheimer's is making it's way to the top of the list of global  public-health problems.  This calls for more research to find a cure, because the National Institute on Aging only receives $1.1 billion compared to over $5 billion for the National Cancer Institute.  There are no treatments to slow or stop Alzheimer's, but with more research, we could turn it into a disease that doesn't mean certain death, like we did with AIDS, due to the attention it was paid.  Medicines are being tested that could potentially treat the disease, but there needs to be more awareness of how serious dementia is.  I agree that more research should be funded, because the lives of the older people that dementia affects are just as valuable as the lives of younger, healthier people.  Alzheimer's is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.  More research could change that.                                                                                     -Emily Gathercoal, Period 2

                                                                                       

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