Suprise: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) said Monday that she supports expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, an unexpected move from a fierce critic of President Obama. The two have long tussled over immigration policy, and Brewer has chosen not to implement a state-based exchange under the Affordable Care Act. But she reportedly said Monday — to applause from Democratic legislators — that Obama's reelection means that law is here to stay and that it would be foolish not to take the massive federal grants at stake.
Brewer made the announcement in her State of the State speech. Read more about it at Healthwatch.
Attacking Alzheimer's: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced four new studies Monday aimed at finding treatments for Alzheimer's that would help before symptoms emerge. The research will test an anti-amyloid drug and a blood-pressure drug for its effect on Alzheimer's-related agitation. Studies will also look at the effects of exercise on cognitive decline and test a way to speed Alzheimer's drug trials by monitoring cerebrospinal fluid and blood plasma.
The studies will be carried out by the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), a research consortium praised as a "key initiative" in the U.S. fight against Alzheimer's.
"The ADCS is a key initiative in the federal program to discover, develop and test new Alzheimer's treatments and diagnostic tools. Over the years, it has proved invaluable in advancing our understanding about the disease and how to conduct research in this challenging area," said Richard Hodes, director of the NIH's National Institute on Aging, in a statement.
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