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Jeb Bush: Boost Funding to Cure Alzheimer's, Speed Up Drug Approval

Bush proposed the ideas to NBC News Special Anchor Maria Schriver during an email exchange.

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush says that the nation should increase funding to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and should speed up the approval process for medications to treat it.

The GOP presidential hopeful, who spoke last week about his mother-in-law's struggle with the disease, proposed the ideas to NBC News Special Anchor Maria Shriver during an email exchange.

On her blog, Shriver posted Bush's response to an email she sent him about her own ideas for eliminating Alzheimer's.

"I have gotten lots of emails based on my comments regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire," he replied. "It is not the first time I have spoken about this disease. I have done so regularly."

"We need to increase funding to find a cure," he added. "We need to reform FDA [regulations] to accelerate the approval process for drug and device approval at a much lower cost. We need to find more community based solutions for care."

- Carrie Dann