July 24, 2014

Denver Post - CU Alzheimer's researchers say proposed study could be breakthrough

No disease casts a darker shadow over American health than Alzheimer's, as an aging population can expect to see the number afflicted at least double — perhaps more than triple, from 5 million today to as many as 16 million by 2050. By then, Alzheimer's disease could cost the country $1.2 trillion a year in health care, the Alzheimer's Association estimates.

"Whatever the estimate, we absolutely can't afford it, either financially or emotionally," said researcher Huntington Potter, recruited by the University of Colorado School of Medicine a couple of years ago to strengthen its commitment to unravel the tangle of Alzheimer's.