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"Like Nixon’s ‘War On Cancer,’ President Trump Should Open A War On Alzheimer’s" - George Vradenburg and Howard M. Fillit

  • STAT News
  • New York, NY
  • (February 05, 2019)

Nearly six million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, nearly 14 million will have it. In addition to its physical and emotional toll, Alzheimer’s is also the most expensive disease in the United States. It now costs the nation close to $300 billion a year; by 2050 it will surpass $1 trillion. Other world leaders are waking up to the global scale of Alzheimer’s and taking action. It’s time for America to take the lead, otherwise we will be on the losing end, writes Howard Fillit, MD, clinical professor of medicine, geriatrics and palliative care, and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He continued, “Our understanding of Alzheimer’s is stronger than ever before, and there are promising drugs in the clinical trials process that have the potential to become approved novel treatments. President Trump has the opportunity to win the war against Alzheimer’s disease. But he needs to enlist the country to fight it.”

— Howard M. Fillit, MD, Clinical Professor, Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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