HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - You could hold the key to finding a cure to Alzheimer's. TrialMatch is a free clinical study matching service that connects patients, caregivers and healthy volunteers with current studies.
"Currently out of the top 10 causes of death, Alzheimer's is number six," said Brandi Medina of the Alzheimer's Association. "It's the only one out of those top 10 where so far there's nothing yet to prevent it, cure it or even slow it down."
This is why clinical trials are imperative to finding a cure to the disease that currently impacts 87,000 Alabamians.
"Every 67 seconds someone new develops Alzheimer's or another form of dementia," said Medina.
The breadth of Alzheimer's stretches much further than the patient alone.
"A lot of people don't know that an Alzheimer caregiver -- their health will decline faster than the person with Alzheimer's because it's so overwhelmingly stressful," said Medina.
That's why the trials are open to everybody: patients, caregivers and healthy volunteers looking to help find a cure.
"Anyone can volunteer and the only way we're going to find a cure is to have human participants in clinical trials," said Medina.