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Disease Overviews

Many serious diseases and conditions are taking a growing toll on patients, families, and society. While great progress has been made in many areas, further advances are needed against diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders, and infectious diseases. The impact of diseases like these could become much greater in the years ahead as our society ages and obesity becomes a bigger problem. New solutions are needed to ease the burden of these diseases.

For some conditions, we have managed to find ways to prevent, control, or cure the problem. Other diseases need more research and better treatments. Check out the progress we've made so far and the challenges that remain for the diseases.

Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's Disease
An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. This number could reach 13.5 million by 2050. Find out more about this disease, current treatments, and medicines in development. (read more)
Breast Cancer Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death. In the past decade however, several important new pharmaceutical innovations have greatly improved cure rates and remission duration for patients with breast cancer. (read more)
Leukemia Leukemia
Invasive bone marrow transplants, debilitating radiation and chemotherapy therapy used to be the only option for leukemia patients. In the past decade, several important new drugs and new uses for existing drugs have greatly improved cure rates and remission duration for patients with leukemia. (read more)