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Our modern day ‘time bomb’ with aging populations, dementia has grabbed headlines for its disastrous impact on families, increasing incidence and numerous hopes of cures. The UK government have just announced £66m of funding for research by 2015 (see here). Official government statistics put the cost to society at £23bn. The UK will become a leading research centre for the disease. A recent review (read it here) looks at the current options for treatment and what is in the pipeline. Another report details the market forecast (see here). Demand for treatment is high, but products that slow progression early on are rare.
Globally, the Alzheimer’s Foundation International is tying to bring together research and good practice from different countries.
Dementia covers Alzheimer’s disease as well as Lewy body and vascular dementia. Risk factors for vascular dementia are becoming ever more common with modern lifestyles, so there is considerable pressure, as the Government has registered, for effective treatments for dementia.
Of all the types of Dementia, Alzheimer's disease is the most common, affecting around 465,000 people in the UK. Neurons in the brain die, becuase 'plaques' and 'tangles' (mis-folded proteins) form in the brain. People with Al...