House approves funding for Alzheimer’s research

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The increase of Alzheimer’s disease rates in Florida led the House to unanimously approve HB 709, a bill that creates a new research program and sets standards for memory-disorder clinics.

State Rep. Matt Hudson, the bill’s sponsor, called Alzheimer’s “a looming issue for our state and our nation.”

Named after Hudson’s grandparents, the “Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program” will help fund research at universities and research institutes into diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of the debilitating disease.

The bill also requires the Department of Elder Affairs to establish minimum performance standards for other memory-disorder clinics.

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