Desperately Seeking a Cure for Alzheimer's

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's desease, walks in a corridor on March 18, 2011 in a retirement house. (SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty)

There have been numerous unsuccessful clinical trials of Alzheimer’s drugs. According to pharmaceutical industry resources, since 1998 more than 100 Alzheimer's drugs have failed in clinical tests.

More than 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050 that number is expected to nearly triple, unless there is a breakthrough to prevent or slow down the disease.

All this week, our partner WGBH has been exploring efforts by leading researchers in labs in San Diego, Boston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and New York City to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for the disease, including a much anticipated Alzheimer drug trial at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 

The Takeaway talks with WGBH and WCAI senior reporter and editor Sean Corcoran about his series: "Desperate for a Cure: The Search for New Alzheimer's Treatments."  

Guests:

Sean Corcoran

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Page Schorer from El Cerrito

Sounds like they are taking the same approach as the “war on cancer” which has been a near total failure. As Clifton Leaf puts it in “The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It”, if we took the same approach to heart disease, we would have spent our money on more powerful paddles and faster ambulances.

NIMH focuses on drugs. With little or no understanding of the biology of a disease, drug testing in the hopes of finding something that will work is pretty minimal. How about the epidemiological evidence that suggests that Alzheimer’s and Type 2 diabetes are related and perhaps the same disease with different faces?

Dec. 12 2013 05:51 PM
Brian

Here we go again...fosusing on treating the human body as parts with drugs. Why don't you guys consider treating the body as a whole, which it is, instead of this rediculous approach that won't work in the long run. How about focusing on the root cause instead of the short term fixes.

Dec. 12 2013 12:47 PM

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