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International Poll Shows Many Fear Alzheimer's as Much as Cancer
Date:7/20/2011

somewhere between one-quarter and two-thirds of respondents thought effective treatments were in place. That, noted the survey authors, is simply not true.

"What these findings suggest," said Blendon, "is that if we're going to run public health campaigns to encourage people to go in for assessments, we are also, at the same time, going to have to make sure that physicians are adequately prepared to discuss the facts with their patients, so that they have a realistic sense of what can and cannot currently be done with respect to Alzheimer's."

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For more on Alzheimer's disease, visit Alzheimer's Disease International.

SOURCES: Robert Blendon, Sc.D., professor, health policy and political analysis, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; William Thies, Ph.D., chief medical and scientific officer, Alzheimer's Association; July 20, 2011, presentation, Alzheimer's Association International Conference, Paris


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