Emerging research about Alzheimer's disease suggests that an eye exam could one day help doctors detect the disease in the brain and that traumatic brain injuries may predispose people to developing dementia.
Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, talks with Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss the results of these preliminary studies, which offer new insight into the early signs and possible causes of Alzheimers.
A milestone this morning in the fight against Alzheimer's.
For the first time in 27 years, there are new criteria and guidelines for the diagnosis of the disease, and they include victirms who don't even show symptoms yet.
Right now, one in eight Americans over 65 has Alzheimers, and that number jumps to 50% when we look at Americans over 85 years old. That means every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer's.
On American Morning this morning, we spoke with Dr. William Thies, the chief medical and scientific officer at the National Alzheimer's Association.
A report out this morning calls Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia an epidemic and the financial burden is nothing short of crushing.
The costs associated will total well over $600 billion this year – one percent of the World’s gross domestic product. By 2030, those costs are projected to increase by 85 percent. Harry Johns, President & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, joined Tuesday's American Morning to discuss the implications of the report and the growing difficulties in dealing with this disease.
Harry Johns: It's only going to increase [with] the aging of America and worldwide. Alzheimer's is not normal aging. As I know you realize, John, but it is the biggest risk factor of Alzheimer’s and going to drive the numbers substantially. Today, in America, we have an estimated 5.3 million people with the disease and that's going to go as high as 16 million by the middle of the century if we can't change the course of the disease.