A new website could help Alzheimer's patients. The Alzheimer's Association has launched TrialMatch
which links patients with clinical trials that treat their specific case.
"One of the critical deficiencies we have now is recruiting people fast enough for trials, and at this rate we may not get the treatments we need before it wrecks the medical care system," said Bill Thies, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the Alzheimer's Association.
Patients, caregivers and doctors can log on to the website, or call a 24-hour hotline, to start the matching process.
Those who participate have access to new medications, doctors who are familiar with the disease, and state-of-the-art treatment.
Right now half a million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every year. That number is expected to double by 2050.