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Health Alert 5-22-12

May 22, 2012 - Automated external defibrillators or AED's are designed to save cardiac arrest victims but new research finds the devices are often too far out of reach during an emergency. Around a million AED's have been sold around the US. They're in places like airports, shopping malls, gyms. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania studied the locations of more than two thousand AED's and found that just 7 percent of cardiac arrests occurred within a 200 foot radius of a device.

Also, the US government is stepping up efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease. The Department of Health and Human Services set a deadline of 2025 to find effective ways to treat the mind destroying disease. The HHS also unveiled a detailed blueprint of attack. It includes two major clinical trials: one involves an insulin nasal spray for treating the disease. The second study involves a drug intended to stop symptoms in people at the highest risk for Alzheimer's. More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's or related dementias


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