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Special Reports May 2014 Issue

Evaluating Alternatives Against Alzheimer’s and Dementia

What you should know before you try botanical products.

An estimated 5 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease—a figure expected to increase 40% by 2025 and to nearly triple by mid-century, according to the Alzheimer’s Association . Many more suffer from other forms of dementia and from cognitive decline. Science is making unprecedented strides toward preventing and slowing such conditions, however. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Scientists have learned more about the brain in the last 10 years than in all previous centuries, because of the accelerating pace of research in neurological and behavioral science and the development of new research techniques.”

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