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The Iowa State Fair is a rite of passage for presidential candidates — they eat weird fried food, kiss babies, and answer question after question about their vision for America. But this year the candidates got a different sort of question, over and over again: What’s your plan for fighting Alzheimer’s?

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  • The profit driven model for research is clearly not working. Since tax payers fund most of the research a serious look at what has not worked and the profit motive should be undertaken. The quest for a profitable drug took researchers down some blind alleys as things got even worse for victims and their families. A lot of the factual information about these kinds of diseases, has been suppressed, and these non profit fund raisers and advocates have been very ineffective. They have been mislead too, by the industries that profit from their well intentioned activities. In Post Fact America, the appearance of doing something is much more important than action.

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