Watch this PBS clip as Dr. Bryan James of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago explains the findings of his recent study. These new numbers would move Alzheimer’s up from the sixth leading cause of death to the THIRD leading cause of death in the US, behind only cancer and heart disease. As you listen, keep in mind that ALZ receives ~$550 million in funding per year, while cancer and heart disease combined receive over $10 billion.
In 2010, reports indicated there were ~84,000 deaths resulting from Alzheimer’s annually in the U.S. However, a study just published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that number could be understated by over 400,000.
Is it possible that deaths attributed to ALZ actually exceed 500,000 per year? That’s SIX times the original estimate. Watch this report from NBC News to find out why there is such a huge discrepancy.
If these new numbers are accurate, it would mean Alzheimer’s is the THIRD leading cause of death in the United States, behind only cancer and heart disease. Did you know cancer receives $5.7 billion in annual funding compared to $550 million for Alzheimer’s.
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