Of the 10 most-common deadly diseases,
dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) is the only one that has no
treatment. But—finally—we are on the cusp of potential diagnoses and therapies,
said panelists at an “Advancing Medical Innovation” conference yesterday in Washington, DC.
“The great news is if we develop therapies
for Alzheimer’s disease, which is very common, we’ll be developing therapies
for fronto-temporal dementia (which is less common) and Lewy body disease,”
said Dennis Selkoe of Harvard Institute of Medicine. “Rare diseases can
piggyback on common diseases, and all of them can move forward,” said Selkoe,
also a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.