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Is A Cure For Alzheimer's In The Cards?

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At least 350,000 Texans live with Alzheimer's disease, and the numbers are rising. Nationwide, an estimated 16 million people will have the disease by 2050.

Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain condition that affects behavior, memory and other cognitive functions. This progressive form of dementia is most common in older adults and develops in stages over time. 

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Illustration depicting neuronal degeneration associated with Alzheimer's Disease

The causes of Alzheimer's are not yet understood in full, but personal and medical costs are real for the 5 million Americans currently living with the disease. 

Caretakers play an invaluable role as well. In Texas last year, 1.4 million caregivers worked hours unpaid and the cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia was an estimated $236 billion nationwide in 2016

Cutting-edge research conducted in San Antonio is focusing on gene-editing and stem cell therapy. Can these and other medical developments provide new hope for patients and their families? 


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.