"We've made the first historic investment in funds and a 15-year commitment to prevention and treatment," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday at a press conference.
Part of the plan includes $8 million in funding for an insulin nasal spray study (a promising Alzheimer's therapy), and $16 million in funding for research into amyloid plaque treatments, the Associated Press reports. It is known that Amyloid plaques are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, and are linked with the disease.
Health leaders and officials confirm that timing is everything for Alzheimer’s. Researchers need "to figure out exactly where is the best window of opportunity" for battling Alzheimer's, Dr. Francis Collins, the Health Director of the National Institutes said at the recent Alzheimer's Research Summit.
USA Today pointed out nearly 5 million people in the United States already have the disease. This number could triple by 2025 as the U.S. population ages.
The upcoming research is exciting, but there are also some things we already know about the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer's. Click through the slide show or see below to see what science has discovered to work at helping ward off the memory-robbing condition.
1) Daily Chores and Exercise
2) Speak Two Languages
3) Consume Curcumin
4) Do Puzzles
6) Eat your fish & nuts
7) Drink Green Tea
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