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Alzheimer's Disease - Why so much emphasis?

Our population is aging. Just look at the baby boomers, ranging from their 40s to their 50s, the largest demographic in their age category. It is expected that the number of Alzheimer's disease patients will greatly increase. Researchers around the world are working feverishly to find a treatment that will control, cure or prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Statistics show that 4 million people over age 65 are afflicted with this disease, and by 2050 that number

may climb to 14 million. One in 10 persons over age 65 have the disease, and nearly half are over age 85.

A small percentage of younger people in their 30's and 40's get the disease. Recent research has shown

links between some genes and AD, but in about 90% of cases, there is no clear genetic link.