Alzheimer's disease does not discriminate. Or so we've been repeatedly told — for example, when "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher died, almost exactly one year ago. But a report out last week suggests that Alzheimer's does discriminate, in a sense. It appears the disease picks on women.
Today marks World Alzheimer's Day. And it's as good a time as any to reflect on the damage this fatal disease is spreading.
Alzheimer's experts say it's hard to quantify how often it happens, but findings from an ongoing study has found that one-third of Alzheimer's disease diagnoses were incorrect.
The Obama administration has said it will devote $50 million to fund Alzheimer's research this year, and an additional $80 million in 2013.
New diagnostic criteria and new biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease should go a long way in helping physicians catch the disease earlier and develop therapies faster, according to new guidelines released by the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Aging.