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Big boost in funding for Alzheimer's research

Amarillo, TX - The government is providing a big boost for Alzheimer's research.

The Obama administration plans to pump more than 150 million dollars into Alzheimer's research. Right now, there is no way to prevent the disease and there is also no cure.

The number of Alzheimer's patients continues to skyrocket. Around five million people in the United States are currently affected by it. With the growing number of cases, one could say it is a small investment into what is snowballing into a serious problem, both health-wise and financially.

"We spend so much money on it. On the disease,itself... unpaid care givers.." Tracy Sommers with the Amarillo Alzheimer's Association said. " Time that employers have to pay their employees because they are not at work because they are caring for their family member with Alzheimer's and the medication is very expensive."

Alzheimer's is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The government hopes researchers can find a cure by 2025.

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