Can we Thwart Alzheimer's in a Decade?

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

In a well written opinion piece in the New York Times, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor joined with Stanley Prusiner and Ken Dychtwald to summarize the magnitude of the Alzheimer's problem and the fiscal path toward solving it.

A few interesting facts that are well publicized individually but placed effectively together in the NYTimes piece:
  • 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years
  • for every penny that the NIH spends on Alzheimer's research, American society spends $3.50 caring for patients with the disease
  • the NIH spends about $3 billion on Aids research compared to only $469 million on Alzheimer's
There is a bill before congress requesting $2B in annual research funds for Alzheimer's and a dedicated official overseeing a national strategy to fight the disease. Given that the expert community generally agrees on which scientific problems must be tackled and solved in order to develop effective treatments for AD, this seems like a good cause to me.
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1 comment :

  1. Recent studies confirm what scientists have long suspected - AD is a prion disease the same as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) (mad cow)
    “Can Alzheimer’s be transmitted in humans through blood transfusion?

    Is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Contagious? Surprising Results

    Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) are the same prion disease:

    The fact that AD is an incurable, fatal, infectious prion disease which is transmissible in blood, makes the issue all the more grave because of the risk of iatrogenic transmission in medical settings (dentistry, opthamology, surgery, endoscopy, transfusions, etc.) Autoclaving does not totally inactivate prions on medical instruments. More drastic chemical and other attempts to sterilize can harm or destroy the instruments resulting in costly disposal.
    "No test. No cure. No foolproof disinfection. No wonder surgeons feel uneasy about prion diseases or bristle when asked about preventing "mad cow" risk."

    Human and animal prion diseases can be transmitted by blood, urine, feces, saliva, mucosa, eye fluids, etc.
    Prions in intestines and feces

    Chronic Wasting Disease, a prion disease epidemic killing deer and elk across the country, is transmitted by urine and feces of infected animals, and prions bound to soil from the carcasses of deceased animals.

    'JUST AS BSE (Mad cow Disease) is known to cause variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans – recent research indicates that Chronic Waste Disease (CWD) can cause fatal prion disease in people who eat deer and elk meat..


    Generation of a Novel form of Human PrPSc by Inter-species Transmission of Cervid Prions'

    The human prion is resistant to both heat and chemicals and is reported to be up to a hundred thousand times more difficult to deactivate than the animal form of infective agent which causes well known diseases in cattle, such as mad cow disease, and scrapie in sheep. " (and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk)

    ["UCSC researchers find key to prion diseases")

    PRIONS IN HUMAN wastes Dr. Adriano Aguzzi - University of Zurich prion expert

    "Further research by the team showed that, if inflammation is induced in any excretory organ of the body, prions are excreted in whatever substance the organ excretes. "


    It is time for public agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to step up, acknowledge the prion disease epidemic, and take action to intercede to protect public health. Immediate notice to the medical community by the CDC of the AD prion risks is essential. An immediate halt must be instituted in the landspreading of prion infected sewage sludge - particularly Class A sludge "compost' which is advertised by the US EPA and waste industry as "pathogen free" and promoted for use on home vegetable gardens,

    Respectfully submitted, Helane Shields, PO Box 1133, Alton, NH 03809 603-875-3842
    Prions in sewage sludge - and - Alzheimer's is a prion disease: