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March 19, 2015

Nearly 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s today – it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.  Within ten years, the government estimates that more than $2 trillion will be spent on care for those with Alzheimer’s. For every dollar the government spends today on the costs of Alzheimer’s care, it invests less than a penny in research to find a cure. More funding and new ideas are needed to one day eradicate this unforgiving disease. 

March 12, 2014

For Alzheimer's, the old Dickensian paradox holds: we are in the best of times and the worst.

January 21, 2014

Google has done it again. This time, it's a contact lens that can monitor glucose and save people from pricking their fingers to take blood samples. It's amazing. But this new lens and Google's overall suite of unbelievable products conceals a stubborn truth: Innovation is hard. And people often don't get or appreciate an innovation at first impression.

December 12, 2013

The G8 took monumental strides in the fight against Alzheimer's disease recently when it met in London to solidify a global movement against dementia.

November 20, 2013

It's been a tough couple of months for American healthcare. The sequester - blunt and arbitrary policy that it is - has paralyzed funding for basic medical research. And the launch of the Affordable Care Act has been, depending on your political persuasion, anything from a technical start-up glitch to a predictable debacle.

October 23, 2013

For a tormenting two weeks, the fiscal future of the U.S. seemed to hang in the balance on Capitol Hill. The world's eyes were glued to the Legislative Branch as disagreements boiled into feuds and gave way to iron-fisted gridlock. Markets sputtered. Talking heads excoriated. And while liberal and conservative media outlets disagree on the political consequences, there's a bigger issue no one's talking about: federal research lost.

September 16, 2013

It's one of this century's most glaring paradoxes. You can do almost anything on your smart phone -- buy a book, find a taxi, manage your investment portfolio, watch a Yankees game while in Mogadishu -- but you can't get to your health records. The Internet, great disruptive force that it is, can't penetrate the wall between you and your own health information siloed away in your doctors' files.

August 29, 2013

Breaking news: Political leader delivers on promise.

July 23, 2013

A year ago, the broad Alzheimer's community received unfortunate news. President Obama had called for an additional $80 million for the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Alzheimer's research, but the President's request found tough sledding in Congress. Objections were raised about using funds that had been re-allocated from different public health prevention efforts.

July 5, 2013

By: Jan Dougherty
Director of Family and Community Services
Banner Alzheimer's Institute

With 10,000 adults turning 65 each day, boomers are the most active generation we have seen in our lifetime. However, as our population ages, many can't help but worry if a "senior moment" might actually be something worse.