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    New hope for our toughest diseases

    New hope for our toughest diseases
    By Richard Garr, president and CEO Neuralstem - 03/19/12 05:47 PM ET

    As the saying goes, there is good news and there is bad news.

    Here is the bad news: Right now, there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, one million suffering from Parkinson’s, over five million who have a disease related to a traumatic brain injury, 265,000 with spinal cord injuries, 30,000 who have ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and 129,000 who have brain cancer. Over 25 million Americans also suffer from diabetes – about 8.3% of the population – and the problem is growing.

    After that, it’s hard to believe there is good news, but here it is: R & D breakthroughs are happening in science and biotechnology at a remarkable pace to deal with these diseases. Biotech companies are on the front lines to find cures for life-threatening diseases. There are currently 800 new treatments being developed for cancer by biotech companies, 300 for heart disease, 200 for diabetes and 100 for Alzheimer’s, according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

    Some companies, such as the one I represent, Neuralstem, Inc., are using state-of-the-art stem cell research to attack diseases such as ALS, brain and spinal cord injuries, and down the road, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

    What we need to do now is accelerate this research and speed up the development of new cures for those in desperate need.


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    Manouli, there is a comment section at the end of the article. I sent an e-mail discussing the trials for spinal cord problems in china and Switzerland. I advised if the US doesn't act quicker, other countries will gladly carry the flag.


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