“There’s a wrong way to talk about Alzheimer’s disease” – Futurity

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“Experts suggest avoiding war metaphors, such as “attacking” beta amyloid, when talking about Alzheimer’s disease.

“‘If applied in a careless manner, war metaphors can delude our sense of what’s possible therapeutically, and give false hope to people and caregivers who are suffering,’ says Daniel R. George, assistant professor of medical humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine.

“While war comparisons can motivate efforts to deal with a health issue, this type of language and messaging can also create fear and stigma, turn patients into victims, and divert resources from critically important prevention and care, according to George.

“Research goals

“Despite decades of failures in Alzheimer’s drug development … ’

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