By Cozette Eldridge
W.P. Co. Field Representative
Today there are more than 500 medicines in development for numerous, wide-ranging neurological disorders, including chronic pain, MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, brain tumors and migraine headaches.
These are some of the most well-known and prevalent diseases afflicting more than 100 million Americans who are impacted by a neurological disorder.
Many more rare conditions exist, experienced by just a small number of patients. Together, they add up to more than 1,000 neurological disorders that affect nearly one third of the U.S. population.
According to a recent study, the cost and incidence of neurological disorders is expected to increase as the population age 65 and older is projected to nearly double by 2050.
Disorders of the brain affect one in six people worldwide, driving a demand for innovative solutions. It is more important than ever to find new treatments that both modify and prevent neurological disease.
There is hope on the horizon. Innovation is resulting in a rapid pace of medical breakthroughs and scientific advancements.
Research companies are developing over 500 medicines for numerous, wide-ranging diseases.
A medicine is in the development for the prevention of migraine headaches, which binds to and inhibits the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide. CGRP is expressed in the nervous system, where it plays a role in controlling the dilation of blood vessels and the transmission of neuropathic pain signals.
Several medicines in development for Alzheimer’s are disease-modifying treatments that may stop or slow down the progression by targeting one or more of the changes in the brain associated with the condition.
A medicine in development for multiple sclerosis targets a protein that is involved in the repair of myelin, the protective sheath covering nerve fibers.
The medicine could support the growth of myelin and restore nerve communication in multiple sclerosis patients.
I believe each year will bring new breakthroughs for the cures of many devastating diseases.
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