Wednesday – research

November 18th, 2015.           7:12 am

I was reading last night concerning the finding of insulin. For people with diabetes mellitus, the year 1921 is a meaningful one. That was the year Canadian physician Frederick Banting and medical student Charles H. Best discovered the hormone insulin in pancreatic extracts of dogs. On July 30, 1921, they injected the hormone into a diabetic dog and found that it effectively lowered the dog’s blood glucose levels to normal. By the end of that year, with the help of Canadian chemist James B. Collip and Scottish physiologist J.J.R. Macleod, Banting and Best purified insulin, and the next year it was used to successfully treat a boy suffering from severe diabetes.

I have had the pleasure of speaking to several scientists that are devoting their time to finding a cure for alzheimers. They fascinate me because of their intelligence, patience and persistence.

My opinion is that we have the best of the best working on all sorts of theories to find a cure for alzheimers disease. Again, my thinking is their biggest obstacle is a lack of funds. Grants seem hard to come by and it is not because of the ideas the scientists have, but plain and simply, it’s the money flow from our lawmakers. We need a ground swell from the electorate or we need the lawmakers to realize the urgency and show leadership and appropriate the funds we need. Maybe a little of both.

Here is an excerpt from the Alzheimer’s Association’s website:

73 million voters have had a family member or close friend with Alzheimer’s disease

More than one-third, or 52 million American voters have provided care or personal assistance to a relative, friend or neighbor with Alzheimer’s

82 percent of voters nationwide are concerned about Alzheimer’s disease

87 percent of voters feel unprepared or only somewhat prepared to meet care needs of a family member who develops Alzheimer’s disease

The majority, 64 percent, of voters would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who has pledged to support a major national research effort to fight Alzheimer’s

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