Alzheimer’s Disease is the Sixth Leading Cause of Death Overall in the United States
Michael Weiner, MD, University of California, San Francisco & Internationally Recognized Alzheimer’s Expert
(San Francisco, CA, Tuesday, April 3, 2018) – Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the United States and affects more than 5 million Americans. According to experts, this number could triple to nearly 16 million people by 2050.
The study seeks healthy volunteers without memory problems, as well as people who have mild memory problems, and those who have been diagnosed with mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.
The prestigious “ADNI Study” (Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative), funded by the National Institutes of Health, is one of the largest and longest running Alzheimer’s disease trials in history. Now in its third phase of trials, researchers are studying how quickly things like reasoning and the ability to perform certain functions change in the aging brain. Researchers need to better understand the progression of the disease in order to speed the pace of discovery in the race to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease.