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By Leslie C. Norins, M.D., Ph.D.

If a mystery disease is killing 303 people per day, and ¬there’s a chance it’s caused by an infection, aren’t all government germ detectives and labs in full investigative mode, 24/7? Of course—unless it’s Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Which it is.

U.S. deaths in 2015 (most recent year available) were 110,561. That’s 303 dying per day. It’s now the fifth leading cause of death. Cases are up 89 percent since 2000, says the Alzheimer’s Association. There’s no cure or preventive. And Congress says care of Alzheimer’s patients costs $153 billion a year.