Clinton announces $2 billion effort to cure Alzheimer's disease by 2025

Hillary Clinton

The funding has joined proposals to help the 15 million Americans anxious for the ones afflicted by the illness.

The cornerstone of Clinton's plan involves boosting NIH research funding for Alzheimer's and related conditions to more than triple its current level. "My plan will set us on that course", she added. It is the United States' sixth leading cause of death and has disproportional impacts on women and minorities.

The study, published today (Monday 21 December 2015), in Nature Medicine and supported by the National Institutes of Health, suggests that enhancing proteasome activity with drugs during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease may prevent dementia and reduce damage to the brain.

While the increase is a step in the right direction, the costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's totals an estimated $226 billion per year, and according to the researchers Clinton has consulted with, the $350 million increase is still less than half of what is needed to realistically find a cure within the next 10 years. She also proposed that middle-class families caring for sick members be eligible for tax cuts.

Although she did not offer specifics on where the money would come from, two advisers provided more details on why Clinton is making the disease a priority.

"This is an epidemic that could single-handedly crush Medicare and Medicaid", Tanzi, who is also a professor at Harvard Medical School, said.

Currently, there are 5 million people in the US alone who live with the life-altering disease. Alzheimer's Research UK is the country's leading dementia research charity, funding more than £26 million (RM166.8 million) of pioneering biomedical research across the UK and the world.

Without significant breakthroughs to cure or prevent the disease, the number of people expected to be affected by 2050 could rise to 13.8 million, with costs soaring to as much as $1.1 trillion a year in public and private spending.

Clinton holds a significant lead in Iowa over her nearest Democratic opponent, Vermont Sen. The Clinton campaign consulted Cummings before it released the proposal.

While neither the association nor AIM advised the campaign on this proposal, Egge said, the association did provide the campaign with an educational briefing on Alzheimer's disease.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's insults against Clinton prompted the Democratic presidential front-runner on Tuesday to lambaste her Republican counterpart as a bully. "As a US senator, I consistently pushed for more Alzheimer's research funding, including federally funded stem cell research".

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