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First-Time National Poll Confirms Neuropathy Hits Millions in Their Prime
Date:5/13/2009

Type of Neuropathy

"Neuropathy is often misrepresented as only being diabetes-related. However, this survey demonstrates that for every diabetic neuropathy patient, there are about six patients suffering with various neuropathies, including some for which there is no known cause and, consequently, no known treatment. Right now, we see great hope in our research community: we are on the verge of real progress in many areas. However, neither funding nor public attention is being directed towards getting these researchers across the finish line," notes Dr. Thomas H. Brannagan, III, medical advisor for The Neuropathy Association.

"The neuropathy patient community has only three FDA-approved treatments for three types of neuropathy, faces increasing Medicare reimbursement restrictions, and receives inadequate levels of federal research funding. With millions suffering, this is an unacceptable public health state of affairs," Tockarshewsky emphasizes. "Supporting neuropathy research would bring better treatment options and cures to millions of neuropathy patients. Doing so would also help a range of other patients, including those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Americans must demand cures for neuropathy."

About The Neuropathy Association

The Neuropathy Association is the leading national nonprofit organization providing neuropathy patient support and education, advocating for patient's interests, and promoting research into the causes of and cures for peripheral neuropathies. The Association currently has twelve neuropathy medical Centers of Excellence at major university hospitals across the country in order to serve patients with neuropathy, provide treatment and conduct research, including:

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