Dementia the most feared disease

January 14, 2016 by Debbie Everden

Dementia the most feared disease
Studies show that dementia is now the most feared disease, it is more feared than cancer.  The Government pledged £300 million more funding for dementia research last year.  Professor John Hardy, a neuroscientist at University College London has said that dementia research was in an ‘era of great optimism’ but predicted the first drugs to slow Alzheimer’s could not be available for another decade.  He said that therapies that combat the build-up of amyloid beta protein in the brain offer the best chance of a breakthrough.
Trials are underway for two drugs that have shown promising signs of slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s using this method.
Britain has emerged as the world leader in fighting dementia since 2010 with investment in research doubled, hundreds of thousands of NHS staff given specialist training and 1 million ‘Dementia Friends’ taking part in awareness sessions across the country.

(Source: Daily Mail)

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