Alzheimer’s statistics show that someone in America develops Alzheimer’s every 70 seconds, a rate expected to accelerate sharply in the years ahead. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports.
There are no words to describe HOW filled I am with joy, tears, pride, etc. to see this video of actor/writer/director Seth Rogen addressing the Senate committee about Alzheimer’s. This disease has such a stigma that we are working to remove and all I can say is “thank you” “thank you” Seth for not fearing to be a voice and a champion for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness. As he said awareness needs to be yelled and screamed!!
Seth opened up today before a Senate committee in Washington about his family’s own personal battles with the disease. Click on the above image to see the full video or go to http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/video/seth-rogans-impassioned-funny-plea-alzheimers-awareness-22690205
Although some may be wondering what brought Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s groups together for research with memory loss for one and changes in physical abilities from another look different but many would be surprised to learn the that their biological damage is quite similar. Both diseases are caused by a buildup of proteins in the brain, and both show symptoms years if not decades after the disease process has begun. Inflammation is known to play a role in both. And in both conditions, there are medications that can improve symptoms, but none that affects the course of disease.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Alzheimer’s Association and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation of Canada announced Wednesday that they will offer joint research grants to help unpack the similarities and differences between these degenerative diseases, which together affect 6 million Americans.
As a fan of collaborations and while both illnesses need funding, I am very interested in seeing where this collaboration in research will go.
Read the full article on USA Today here.
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Again VNSNY – THANK YOU for the honor!
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