Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Exciting Progress Against Alzheimer's

Scientist's working in the U.K. have just completed a tremendously successful round of human trials on a new drug that halts the progression of Alzheimer's.

Needless to say, if this drug makes it to market it 4 or 5 years, it could save countless families from tremendous suffering. You can read a short article here that will tell you more about the drug and the evidence supporting its efficacy.

This breakthrough is tremendously important for at least one additional reason.

Alzheimer's is tremendously expensive due to the fact that while it is not fatal it is eventually completely incapacitating - requiring 24/7 care for its victims - oftentimes for several years.

Newt Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation published a white paper last year that estimated without breakthroughs like this, government funded care for Alzheimer's could reach $1 trillion a year in today's dollars by 2050. Today, before the baby-boomers have begun to really suffer from this disease, it is already costing the American taxpayer $100 billion a year.

It may not be a stretch to say that this breakthrough alone - if it can be successfully developed into an affordable product - could almost single-handedly save the long-term financial viability of Medicare!

Very exciting.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I wanted to say something about Alzheimer's, but now I can't remember it. *rimshot*

Okay, seriously though, tell us about Costa Rica!