Scientists have put in an additional 33% increase in the number of grants they have applied for in Alzheimer's research to the American Health Assistance Foundation, in the face of impending lacking in national funding. The AHAF is a non-profit organization that funds innovative research in the area of Alzheimer's Disease.
Due to the deadlock in Congress on how to best handle funding to lower the national budget deficit, funding to the NIH and then onto other areas has been lacking in recent months. Currently 5.4 million people suffer from Alzheimer's with that number expected to triple over the next 30 years. With so many people expected to develop the debilitating disease, this could be a major issue on the health care system, something Congress might think about addressing as this could completely hinder the system in the future.
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