Alzheimer’s Data: The annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease kicked off over the weekend, the WSJ reports. Alzheimer’s disease is a hot field, with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Eli Lilly investing in R&D, the paper says. Yesterday researchers reported progress in finding the disease earlier, the paper says. Meanwhile, research presented today involving military veterans and former pro football players suggests concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are associated with subsequent dementia, the paper says.
Caregiving Burden: An AARP study puts the value of work done by people providing care for adult family members at $450 billion a year in 2009, NPR reports. The report also finds that caregivers may suffer financial, psychological, physical and social consequences.
On the Block?: Contract-research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development may sell itself, with other CROs and private-equity firms as potential bidders, the WSJ reports, citing people familiar with the matter. PPD had almost $1.5 billion in revenue last year and has a market cap of about $3.2 billion, the paper says. The company didn’t respond to the WSJ’s request for comment.
Crash Stats: An analysis of motor-vehicle accident data published in Pediatrics found kids involved in car crashes while their grandparents were driving were less likely to be hurt than if their parents were behind the wheel, MSNBC.com reports. The 50% reduced chance of injury came despite the fact that kids were less likely to use the age-appropriate booster or car seat when traveling with grandparents, MSNBC says.
Reported by Katherine Hobson