Hector M. González, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University, recently received a $5.67 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to fuel a study to find very early signs of Alzheimer's disease among middle-age and older Latinos.
Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease, which is the only top ten leading cause of death in the U.S. that presently cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Just as unfortunate, the disease and other dementias disproportionately affect older African-Americans and Hispanics.
While the Latino older population is expected to triple by 2050, health experts are projecting that Latinos are disproportionately represented in the older age groups most at risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Opening up a daylong summit at the White House on Thursday regarding youth concussions in sports, President Barack Obama said more research should be done into the topic to find the long-term impacts it has on the nation's youth.