As for who will fund the needed research to change America's future with Alzheimer's, an article in USA Today says that the National Institutes of Health "oversees the bulk of the groundbreaking research against diseases. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, told USA TODAY in July that the agency's budget was cut $321 million in the fiscal year, the second time in 40 years the NIH has had a budget that was less than the preceding year."
It notes that the government spent a half-billion dollars last year on Alzheimer's and related dementias, about $521 million on complementary and alternative medicine and $$823 million on obesity. Cancer drew a $6 billion check in 2011 for starters, with additional funding allocated for breast, brain and lung cancers.
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