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If you have a loved one who -- in recent military veteran played pay close attention there -- a lot of moving parts to this story but promise you it all gets related there's a new study out suggesting.
Early onset alzheimer's disease is often misdiagnosed.
It's a small study done in Spain it suggests more than half of those who get the disease before the age of sixty.
Initially are mixed misdiagnosed.
More evidence of just how little we know about brain disorders now two -- wanna change that are with me now.
Doctor Jeffrey Lieberman is chairman of Columbia university's department of psychiatry.
Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy.
He's co-founder of the one mind for research campaign.
And they're here to tell us what they are up to now interest seeing your uncle and prop up president Kennedy.
Originally said let's go to the moon.
And let's return and -- safely before the decade is out.
People at that point and think we have -- science to do that we didn't but because he set a goal we got about doing the science.
We're saying that we need to go to -- space not outer space on the fiftieth anniversary of his famous speech and let's do it for the veteran.
For your son who understands graduated from West Point.
We need to know what our soldiers are -- saying and the signature wound of this war is traumatic brain injury.
-- so many soldiers come back with.
Posttraumatic stress disorder that kind of thing and you know a lot of and we just don't know that much about it I mean it it was a big issue after the Iraq War but so much of it isn't a mystery of the cost of.
Well John and war is an incredibly stressful experience and the effects of stress and mental and emotional function have always been around.
Battle fatigues combat neurosis shell -- We just didn't notice or pay enough attention to -- we are now the military has perfected over the last century the -- Of and combat in trauma medicine.
If you get injured in the battlefield you like -- survival is higher than it's ever been.
But they did not pay attention did not perfect.
We are to have -- bandage an emotional trauma and that has come to light in the context of the Iraq the Afghanistan war was spiraling rates.
The PT SD and suicide.
Did you know that more people more military soldiers die of suicide than they do of enemy fire in combat.
And Patrick two point you're making is I mean the vastness of space we've got it pretty well figured out and yet what's going on in here.
Not so much you know so the galaxy that states the galaxy in our bonds in our brains needs to be explored and mapped so we know where that target therapies are to help save our soldiers but also to save every family.
A child with autism.
An apparent with alzheimer's everybody needs this basic science done.
It's often being done at Columbia.
We were just there -- gray matters conference.
It needs to be happening all over America because we need ultimately save our soldier.
From traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress and this nugget of information about alzheimer's often being misdiagnosed it's all part and parcel of the same thing.
People don't know necessarily mean they're just so many mysteries and you know when John frankly they expect our soldiers because a traumatic -- entry to have alzheimer's in their forties from.
They also expect them to be much high risk for not only alzheimer's the parkinson's.
Because of their traumatic brain injury it trips off for many of them a genetic predisposition to have alzheimer's but we all know the dimension that results from traumatic brain entry.
We need to study alzheimer's because it'll also help us solve the challenges of our soldier we have so many viewers -- have members you know family members and loved ones in the military.
What are you asking them to do.
We're asking them to be advocates to understand the signature wound of the war.
-- brain injury so we need to be putting the resources necessary to combat that wound.
Commensurate with the demand of taking care of all of our soldiers are American heroes.
He -- their brain is the final frontier of biomedical research.
The brain disorders that affect mental function and behavior have historically been neglected in a stepchild of medicine.
All that is changed in the last twenty years because of neuroscience because of genetics because a brain imaging because of molecular neuro biology.
We have the means to unravel.
The function of the brain and what goes wrong that the results in mental disturbance brain dysfunction.
And the consequences of the excruciating stressful experiences like combat whether it be traumatic brain injury directly or emotional trauma I'm sure our troops are I'm looking forward to getting some of those answers doctor Jeffrey Lieberman.
Former congressman Patrick Kennedy back -- just.
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