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CNN: Sandy’s Story

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CNN launched a new series profiling Sandy Halperin, a dentist and Harvard assistant professor, to raise awareness for the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a patient and his family. Producer Stephanie Smith describes Sandy’s Story as ‘an unprecedented look at the cruel journey of a vibrant, once healthy man as he gradually loses his memory.’ Halperin was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease at age 60. The in-depth package explores the day-to-day reality of Read More >

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Ebola Outbreak Highlights Value of Cures

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Forbes recently published an op-ed comparing the outbreak and spread of the Ebola virus with the value of cures to prevent disease and save lives. The author – Merrill Matthews – is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. Matthews asserts that drug companies are in the business of discovering cures for deadly and debilitating diseases, and need support for expediting research and development by cutting through red tape and Read More >

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Patients Suffering from Gaucher’s Disease Deserve Better

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Gaucher Disease is one of the over 6,000 rare diseases that affect patients worldwide, representing a frontier of unmet medical need [NCATS, NIH]. The challenges for drug development generally—long and costly research and development timelines—are exacerbated by the inherently small patient populations affected by rare diseases. These patients can be difficult to identify and geographically dispersed and their clinical presentation can be quite disparate, complicating the design and recruitment for clinical trials used to determine Read More >

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Tackling the Thorny Problem of Alzheimer’s

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Football fans are gearing up for tonight’s opening game when the defending Champion Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers, and last minute fantasy leaguers are scrambling to finish their drafts and set their starting line-ups. The NFL has also been in the news recently following preliminary approval of a deal in the class-action lawsuit to compensate former players for concussion-related injury claims. According to a 2012 study in Neurology, NFL players are three Read More >

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The New Republic: We are Entering the Age of Alzheimer’s

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The New Republic this week published a lengthy, powerful piece by Kent Russell on Alzheimer’s. Russell opens the piece by noting that we are approaching a public health crisis in Alzheimer’s and dementia: Alzheimer’s disease is practically unheard of in adults younger than 40, and very rare (one in 2,500) for those under 60. It affects 1 percent of 65-year-olds, 2 percent of 68-year-olds, 3 percent of 70-year-olds. After that, the odds start multiplying. The Read More >

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