Michael Joyce is a writer-producer with HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce
Alzheimer’s is a disease in which the cause is unknown, and a treatment hasn’t been found.
Despite this, the Alzheimer’s Association features fundraising commercials that promise “breakthroughs … a cure … (and) the first person to survive Alzheimer’s disease is out there.”
In this podcast we explore whether such promises are irresponsible, unethical, and potentially harmful. You’ll hear from: A gerontologist, a bioethicist ,a geriatric neurologist, and three people whose lives have been deeply impacted by the disease.
Over the past 12+ years we’ve written 200+ articles related to Alzheimer’s disease.
For a condition in which the risk factors are unclear, the cause or causes unknown, and the near-term prospects for slowing or halting its progression unlikely … it certainly generates a mind-boggling amount of hyperbolic news coverage. Some of the most misleading seems to fall into these categories:
And that’s just a very, very partial list. That’s why we created this resource for journalists:
There are some ideas and themes mentioned in the podcast you may want to dig into deeper. These links will be a good starting point:
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