Lois Collins: What happened to the promising progress on fighting Alzheimer's?

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  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 20, 2019 7:13 a.m.

    I also have family members who died from Alzheimer's. I've followed the research for years, but it doesn't seem we have made much progress. We really don't even have a reliable test for detecting the disease until it has already done a great deal of damage.

  • moes1 salt lake city, UT
    May 2, 2019 11:27 a.m.

    I have the APOE4 gene and my dad dies of Alzheimers so I would say I have a higher risk. I am not going to wait for science because this is my problem and if I want things to change then I will have to do uncomfortable and hard things (sarcastically said as a first world problem) like getting my diet in check (drastically reduce sugars for example) and exercise for body and mind. Dr Breseden's protocol has the most logical answer which probably isn't totally right but it beats all of the pharmaceutical failures, and everyone can do it with minimal costs. With it, the worst thing that can happen is that you will be more healthy. I don't think a magic pill will solve this one.

  • Moag Farmington, UT
    May 1, 2019 11:50 p.m.

    Regarding your question “what happened to the promising progress on fighting Alzheimer’s,” one of the answers is, sadly, that an inordinate (or at least disproportionate) amount of resources and funding have gone into the more “glamorous” or politically correct effort to deal with HIV/AIDS. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published that the U.S. Government is spending more than $28 billion per year on HIV/AIDS, not to mention the fundraisers, concerts, etc. put on by Hollywood and entertainers to combat AIDS. Compare that to the $2 billion per year for Alzheimer’s which your article mentions. When you compare the cost of both diseases and the number of people in the United States afflicted with each (1.1 million with AIDS and 5.8 million with Alzheimer’s), one must ask why our government would spend more than 14 times as much every year on AIDS? To say the least, the answer is disturbing.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 1, 2019 10:44 p.m.

    I know I carry the gene but I feel confident science will prevail before I age into the highest risk demographic. I’m much more concerned about my parents who are only a few years away from when symptoms start manifesting. A real solution can’t come fast enough.

  • Kenngo1969 , 00
    May 1, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    From the op-ed: "Preventing Alzheimer's is not just about saving yourself. The disease puts a huge burden on younger generations who must provide care and also bear the cost of programs for the elderly. There are fewer and fewer younger people to heft that load."

    But nobody can have any children, because we must save the planet. Of course, if nobody has any children, the Earth's population rate, which in many areas is below replacement level already, eventually will die off, which prompts the question "Who, or what, are we saving the planet for?" Cockroaches?