By Associated Press - Sunday, January 6, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says that a bill he co-sponsored to combat Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health has been signed into law.

The Rhode Island Democrat says Republican President Donald Trump recently signed the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. Reed says the act authorizes $100 million over five years to develop a public health approach that will improve prevention, treatment and care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

He worked with Republican Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia, and Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada, on the legislation.

Reed says it’s a smart investment that will help translate research into practice, and lead to more effective interventions and treatments.

His office says that about 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.

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