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G8 'will develop dementia cure or treatment by 2025'

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Posted in Science on 11th Dec, 2013 11:02 PM by AlexMuller

Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit. Health ministers meeting in London said G8 countries would increase funding for research to meet that goal.

 
Earlier the UK said it aimed to double its annual research funding to £132m by 2025. The global number of dementia sufferers is expected to treble to 135m by 2050.
 
The G8 said it would "develop a co-ordinated international research action plan" to target the gaps in research and ways to address them.
 
It also called on the World Health Organization to identify dementia as "an increasing threat to global health" and to help countries adapt to the dementia timebomb. In a statement it said "We recognise the need to strengthen efforts to stimulate and harness innovation and to catalyse investment at the global level."
 
Dementia is incurable and ultimately leaves people needing full-time care as brain function wastes away. There is growing concern that some countries will simply not cope with the growing burden of dementia.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+2
We all know that people are living longer and that dementia sufferers will increase as a consequence. The predictions that it will increase 3x is nevertheless alarming. Time to put lots of resources into this - well recognised and followed by actions
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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I agree. Dementia is a serious disease and the predicted numbers are alarming. Like with cancer, research needs more funding
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+2
Yes, and there is one fact that is currently most devastating. It is incurable Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+0
There was a report about a compound that works by blocking a faulty signal in brains affected by neurodegenerative diseases, which shuts down the production of essential proteins, leading to brain cells being unprotected and dying off. Early days! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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Dementia has been linked to diabetes recently. So, lifestyle improvements should also be considered Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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Alzheimer's disease is the most common form and affects more than 50% of those living with dementia. This is why there is much more research in this area
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+2
The pressure to find treatments and preventions for Alzheimer's disease has been building steadily over the past decade. This investment and commitment by G8 is great news Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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A number of major advances in potential treatments have been reported and this means that will be possible to improve the course and outcomes of the disease Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+2
It seems that in the UK, NHS will introduce the brain scan for some NHS patients with complicated symptoms. This is good and will find damaged proteins in the brain and help design a treatment.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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Brain scans can detect amyloid proteins-they are abnormally folded, which causes them to build up in tissues and organs, leading to organ failure. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+1
This is very important step. The people with dementia are often vulnerable because of their condition and rely on a number of services across health and social care to support them
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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Yes, these people need lots of care as dementia damages memory, language, mental agility, understanding and judgement. It gets worse with time and eventually people are left completely dependent on carers Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
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It is important to remember when considering treatments that no one single factor has been identified as a cause for Alzheimer's disease.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+0
Age appears to be a prominent factor of most of these neurodegenerative disorders
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-12
+0
Yes, and our population is ageing bringing all such diseases to our attention more and more Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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to not start out saying I'm going to build a wall, just start out, I'm going to lay this brick the best way a brick can be laid. Wow! Amazing stuff here, and I'm only hawlafy through the video. Thanks for sharing this. Seriously. Reply


 

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