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Medicare Ends Alzheimers Testing


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Good idea, we don't need to find out the cause of Alzheimer's

 

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/medicare-plan-alzheimers-test-dismays-advocates-233514739.html

Alzheimer's experts plan to protest proposed Medicare guidelines that would deny coverage of an Eli Lilly diagnostic test for the disease unless patients are taking part one of several clinical trials in which the $3,000 test is being used.

Eli Lilly and Co and the Alzheimer's Association have objected to the draft guidelines, issued last week by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency that runs Medicare. Both plan to pressure CMS to change the guidelines, saying they deny some patients the chance to get an accurate diagnosis. The final rule goes into effect in October.

CMS said it made the decision because there was not enough evidence that the test - a radioactive drug used with PET imaging - improves patient care. At the same time, it conceded there was evidence the tests could rule out Alzheimer's in difficult-to-diagnose cases and help identify good candidates for clinical trials into more effective treatments or prevention strategies.

Patient advocates and the company say the decision might slow the development of future diagnostic tests for Alzheimer's and deny patients with symptoms the chance to find out whether they have Alzheimer's or some other disease that causes symptoms of dementia.

Several experts say there is still much to learn about what a positive scan might mean, and believe CMS' decision to at least cover scans used in clinical trials may help in the search for treatments for the fatal, brain-wasting disease that affects 5 million Americans and 38 million people worldwide.

 

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Like all the cancers, we spend trillions on R&D, and treatments, and enrich a few CEO's but the cancer rages on, killing and killing. Why? Because there will be no cures in a for profit healthcare system.

 

Why would Alzheimers be different?

 

What major cures have happened in the last 30 years that have shocked the monkey?

 

Dipshlt.

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Like all the cancers, we spend trillions on R&D, and treatments, and enrich a few CEO's but the cancer rages on, killing and killing. Why? Because there will be no cures in a for profit healthcare system.

 

Why would Alzheimers be different?

 

What major cures have happened in the last 30 years that have shocked the monkey?

 

Dipshlt.

Funny - why didn't you complain about all the trillions spent on AIDS?

 

 

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Like all the cancers, we spend trillions on R&D, and treatments, and enrich a few CEO's but the cancer rages on, killing and killing. Why? Because there will be no cures in a for profit healthcare system.

 

Why would Alzheimers be different?

 

What major cures have happened in the last 30 years that have shocked the monkey?

 

Dipshlt.

Nice rant. What does that have to do with Medicare denying possible Alzheimer patients tests?

Oh, and by the way, we're much closer to a cure for cancer than you obviously know. You know about Lance Armstrong's defeat of cancer, don't you?

Did you know that methodology is now available to you?

 

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Nice rant. What does that have to do with Medicare denying possible Alzheimer patients tests?

Oh, and by the way, we're much closer to a cure for cancer than you obviously know. You know about Lance Armstrong's defeat of cancer, don't you?

Did you know that methodology is now available to you?

 

Good progress has been made on some common cancers. Others are as deadly and we are as helpless against them as we were 100 years ago. If you take all cancers and put them together, then look at the strides we've made against a few common ones, it looks like we've made much more progress than we actually have.

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Mammograms are another topic of worry, as the guidelines will not cover mammograms under age 40, and they are trying to change it to 50+. However, breast cancer caught in the early stages, like many cancers, can increase the chances of survival.

 

Another example of the Democrat war on women?

 

(Angelina Jolie just turned 38, BTW.)

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Like all the cancers, we spend trillions on R&D, and treatments, and enrich a few CEO's but the cancer rages on, killing and killing. Why? Because there will be no cures in a for profit healthcare system.

 

Why would Alzheimers be different?

 

What major cures have happened in the last 30 years that have shocked the monkey?

 

Dipshlt.

 

just because they can't cure the mental failure of being liberal doesn't mean we can't cure cancer.

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