WASHINGTON (AP) - Tuesday marks more than a ceremonial kick-off
of a national strategy to fight Alzheimer's and find effective
treatment strategies for the mind-destroying disease by 2025.
The work itself starts right away as Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) announces the steps at
a meeting of researchers gathered to decide what research should
take place next in order to meet the 2025 deadline.
Affected families and caregivers will have a new one-stop
website for easy-to-understand information. The National Institutes
of Health is giving the green light to some major new studies of
possible therapies, including a form of insulin that's squirted
into the nose.
Alzheimer's is poised to become a defining disease of the
rapidly aging population. But researchers are pushing to start
testing therapies in people who don't yet have full-blown
Alzheimer's symptoms, when there may still be time to help.