US unveils plan to fight Alzheimers with research push - KMSP-TV

US unveils plan to fight Alzheimers with research push

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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday rolled out a plan to fight Alzheimer's, setting a 2025 deadline to find ways to effectively prevent and treat the degenerative disease.

The initiatives set out by the Department of Health and Human Services include the funding of clinical trials, a new public education campaign and the development of up-to-date training for doctors and other providers about how to care for Alzheimer's patients and their families.

President Barack Obama's budget for the 2013 fiscal year also proposes to pump an additional $100 million into efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease, with most of those funds set aside for research.

"These actions are the cornerstones of an historic effort to fight Alzheimer's disease," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

"This is a national plan -- not a federal one, because reducing the burden of Alzheimer's will require the active engagement of both the public and private sectors," she added.

The plan will support an international prevention trial for people at the highest risk for Alzheimer's and another study to test an insulin nasal spray as a treatment for the disease.

A new website -- www.alzheimers.gov -- was also unveiled Tuesday as part of the National Alzheimer's Plan.

Billed as a site "For the people helping people with Alzheimer's," it offers information about dementia, its treatment options and how to pay for Alzheimer's-related care. The larger awareness campaign includes a TV ad directing caregivers to the website.

"This is a strong plan that promises important progress when implemented," said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.

 

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