Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet Richard Darling, founder of the FAIR Foundation. From their site: "The FAIR Foundation was formed because of the inequities in disease research spending by Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). " (this is in reference to the US)
When I talked to him, these figures caught my attention:
-2007 NIH Research $2.9 Billion
-Deaths Per Disease: 16,316
-$ Per Patient Death: $ 178,046
-$ Per Patient: $ 3,052
-2007 NIH Research: $1 Billion
-Deaths Per Disease: 73,965
-$ Per Patient Death: $ 14,236
-$ Per Patient: $50
Granted that most cases of diabetes do not result in death, strictly speaking, it does seem quite unbalanced.
What are your thoughts?
For more info, check out their December newsletter. if you find their mission something that you feel should be supported, membership is free. Just click “Join” on their web site: http://fairfoundation.org