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The 78-year-old Gaullist is due to become the first French president to stand trial over charges arising from two investigations into financial abuse when he was mayor of Paris before he became president in 1995.
Mr Chirac has been linked to a string of corruption cases in his 40-year career but has never been convicted.
It now looks almost certain he will again avoid a court appearance after his lawyers submitted a neurological report saying that Mr Chirac was in “a vulnerable condition that will not allow him to answer questions about his past”.
www.washingtonpost.com...]Reagan and Alzheimer's Disease
Monday, June 7, 2004; 2:00 PM
Former president Ronald Reagan, 93, died at his home in California on Saturday. After leaving office, he announced his condition of Alzheimer's disease in a letter expressing his gratitude of service to the American people. About five million Americans are afflicted with the disease and there is no known cure.
"We are facing... a worldwide tsunami of Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases.
"There's only two ways it can go: researchers, with as much help you can give them, may come up with something that reduces the effects of this dreadful, inhuman disease, or we will have to face the consequences of our failure to prevent the final years of many of us being a long bad dream.
"The strain on carers and their support is bad enough now; before very long the effects on the health service and society itself, will be unbearable."
Alzheimer’s Australia 2020 Summit submission
In 2020, the number of people with dementia will exceed 330 000, a 50% increase since 2007. In 2050, there are projected to be over 175,000 new cases every year, more than the total number of people with dementia in Australia in 2000.1
Dementia is more than Aged Care. Dementia is a key issue for Public Health policy, a potential target for preventive health approaches and a major cause of chronic disability and carer burden for Australians.
IS MAD-COW BEHIND DEMENTIA PANDEMIC?
[I have been saying for years that there may be a link between the alarming increase in dementia diseases in humans and prion disease which causes mad-cow, chronic wasting disease and the human variant (crutzfeld/jacob's disease) in humans. Humans that die from disease that causes "dementia" symptoms are not normally autopsied, so we don't really know how many misidentified cases of prion-related diseases are responsible for these rapidly increases rates of death in humans. With an up to 40 year incubation period, prion disease could by looming as a huge health crisis. —Christopher O'Brien]