As the population ages, the incidence of neurodegenerative disease in the US will rise dramatically. Without any breakthroughs in treatment, it is estimated the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple by 2050. ALS is also predicted to increase by an astonishing 70% by 2040.
A diagnosis of ALS or Alzheimer’s disease leaves patients with few options. There are currently no approved treatments that can prevent, slow or reverse these devastating, progressive diseases.
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ALS is caused by the loss of motor neurons in the brain. These neurons control muscle movement and eventually shut down one’s ability to walk, talk, swallow and finally breath. ALS progresses rapidly, killing over half the patients in only 3 years from the time of diagnosis. The only drug, approved almost two decades ago, extends survival by only 2-3 months.
Alzheimer’s disease presents with a gradual loss of memory and executive function—the ability for complex reasoning and decision making. Few other diseases create such fear— fear of getting it, fear of losing your identity and connection to loved ones, and fear of losing control of your life.
Both of these diseases place significant pressure on families and financial resources.
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