WASHINGTON (AP) – Tuesday marks more than a ceremonial kick-off of a national strategy to fight Alzheimer’s and find effective treatment strategies for the mind-destroying disease by 2025.
The work itself starts right away as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announces the steps at a meeting of researchers gathered to decide what research should take place next in order to meet the 2025 deadline.
Affected families and caregivers will have a new one-stop website for easy-to-understand information. The National Institutes of Health is giving the green light to some major new studies of possible therapies, including a form of insulin that’s squirted into the nose.
Alzheimer’s is poised to become a defining disease of the rapidly aging population. But researchers are pushing to start testing therapies in people who don’t yet have full-blown Alzheimer’s symptoms, when there may still be time to help.