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Alzheimer’s research funding reaches $1.9 billion but still not enough, experts say

Jimmie Jackson Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 Alzheimer’s research funding reaches $1.9 billion but still not enough, experts say PHOENIX – Federal research funds that could prevent or lead to the cure for Alzheimer’s disease have reached $1.9 billion annually but still lag far behind research money for cancer and HIV/AIDS, experts said. Funds from the National Institutes of Health , the federal research agency that funds grant proposals, tripled from 2015 to 2018. By comparison, cancer research funding reached $6.6 billion. Alzheimer’s disease is the least funded chronic disease in the U.S., according to James Fitzpatrick, director of programs and advocacy at Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Cancers and HIV and other diseases that are in the top 5 in our country are still receiving way more than what we are, and it’s not enough,” Fitzpatrick said. Fitzpatrick said that until the first baby boomer turned 65 in 2011, Alzheimer’s disease hadn’t reached the diagnosis levels now reaching that generation. Awareness started to ratchet up after former President Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994. “It didn’t really hit home to society until Reagan came out with the disease, and since then there has been an incline for research funding, but not as huge an incline as it has been the last four years,” he said. For Alzheimer’s to receive more federal funding, Fitzpatrick said, it...

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Record midterm election turnout still shows problem in voter numbers, experts say

Carly Henry Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 Record midterm election turnout still shows problem in voter numbers, experts say PHOENIX – Despite record-setting numbers in the November midterm election, turnout will likely remain a problem in Arizona, policy experts said Monday. But they expect a trend towards split-ticket voting, where people choose by candidate rather than party, to continue. Arizona saw its highest voter turnout in a midterm election since 1982, but about half of people who were eligible to vote did so, according to Joseph Garcia of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. “If half of our fellow Americans are not voting, that’s hardly a reason to celebrate a representative democracy,” said Garcia, speaking at the institute’s State of the State conference, which focused on voter turnout. Nearly 2.4 million people – more than 64 percent of Arizona’s registered voters – voted in the Arizona midterm election, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. But millions more who were eligible as U.S. citizens either registered to vote but didn’t cast a ballot or didn’t bother to register at all, he said. [related-story-right box-title=”Related story” link=”” image=”” headline=”Young-voter turnout up sharply, but still trails most other age groups”] Arizona’s Voter Crisis, a report published by the Morrison Institute and the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, said Arizona ranked 43rd in voter turnout over the previous four...

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Advocates urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border

Brendan Campbell Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 Advocates urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border WASHINGTON – National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment. “Exactly as predicted, this deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to our southern border has turned out to be nothing more than what I would call a political stunt,” said Ned Price, director of policy and communications at National Security Action and a former special assistant to President Barack Obama. The call to withdraw troops came as the Department of Homeland Security reiterated what it called the need to “harden” ports of entry against a rush of immigrants now headed to the border, a number DHS officials said could now be as high as 10,500 people. In a briefing with reporters Monday, officials said DHS is taking extra security measures and further restricting traffic at ports of entry near San Diego in response to overnight “chatter” about a potential mass rush over the border by migrants. Operations at the nation’s busiest port of entry, San Ysidro, were suspended for three hours Monday and an additional eight lanes of traffic shut down as both American and Mexican resources at the border were reinforced. “Late last night we started to get...

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