Archive for March, 2012

Prime Minister pledges funding for dementia research and care

Funding for research into dementia is to be doubled to £66m by 2015 to try to make the UK a world leader in the field, David Cameron has announced.

Dementia is thought to affect around 800,000 people in the UK, with the cost to society estimated at £23bn. In the next decade, the number with the disease is expected to top one million.

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Study shows positive impact of Aricept on late-stage Alzheimer’s disease

 People with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are often prescribed the drug donepezil, also known as Aricept, to reduce symptoms in the early to middle stages of their illness. However, a recent study has concluded that donepezil is still continuing to be beneficial to people in the later stage of the disease.

Professor Robert Howard of King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, who led the study, said: “For the first time, we have robust and compelling evidence that treatment with these drugs can continue to help patients at the more severe stages. Patients who continued taking donepezil were about four months ahead in how they were able to remember, communicate and perform daily tasks than those who stopped taking the drugs”.

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