Social care is a timebomb beneath Britain – why does neither main party have a plan to tackle it? | Gaby Hinsliff
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by Gaby Hinsliff
3d ago
Plans to fund adult care have been derided as a ‘dementia tax’ or a ‘death tax’. The carers I visited showed me that what they need is both urgent and simple In a church hall in suburban Croydon, south London, a familiar Beatles medley plays. The crowd sways and sings along, and an 80-year-old woman reaches out to hold her husband’s hand. Paul has vascular dementia and can no longer speak, but he smiles occasionally as if in recognition. His wife, Jill, says they were sent home after his diagnosis with nothing but an information booklet and the sinking feeling that they were on their own, sinc ..read more
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Ten-minute brain scan could detect dementia early, study suggests
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by Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
1w ago
Scan could become routine procedure in memory clinics if findings confirmed in larger cohort, scientists say A 10-minute brain scan could detect dementia several years before people develop noticeable symptoms, a study suggests. Scientists used a scan of “resting” brain activity to identify whether people would go on to develop dementia, with an estimated 80% accuracy up to nine years before people received a diagnosis. If the findings were confirmed in a larger cohort, the scan could become a routine procedure in memory clinics, scientists said ..read more
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‘Sport holds a special place’: how one man helps his father with Alzheimer’s
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by Paul MacInnes
1w ago
Matt Singleton is a gerontologist who has written a book around the 1966 World Cup which aims to stimulate memories Seven years ago Matt Singleton’s father, Brian, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and one of the immediate consequences was that he stopped reading. “That was his main pastime when he wasn’t working, along with football,” says Matt. “Suddenly I was no longer able to buy him books for things like birthdays and Father’s Day, so I started to write them myself for fun.” Matt publishes his books now, in association with the Alzheimer’s Society ..read more
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Cost of dementia to UK could almost double to £91bn by 2040, study finds
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by Denis Campbell Health policy editor
1M ago
‘Colossal’ costs of disease include health and social care as well as societal costs such as legal fees and lost economic consumption Dementia could cost the UK almost £91bn a year by 2040, as the number of people affected rises inexorably, a study has found. The “colossal” costs of the disease are likely to more than double from an already “staggering” £42.5bn today to £90.6bn, according to research undertaken for the Alzheimer’s Society ..read more
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Scientists claim to have found another distinct genetic form of Alzheimer’s
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by Nicola Davis Science correspondent
1M ago
Study suggests almost everyone with two copies of genetic variant ApoE4 goes on to develop disease Having two copies of a gene variant known to predispose people to Alzheimer’s could in fact represent a distinct genetic form of the disease, researchers have said. The variant, known as ApoE4, has long been known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, with two copies conferring greater risk than one ..read more
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Women live more years in ill-health than men, finds gender health gap study
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by Andrew Gregory Health editor
1M ago
While men are disproportionally affected by conditions that cause early death, women are left with higher levels of illness and disability Women live longer than men but experience more years in poor health, according to a global gender health gap analysis that experts say underlines an urgent need for action to boost women’s health. Globally, there are substantial differences between women and men when it comes to health, with limited progress in bridging health gaps over the past three decades, according to the study examining the impact of the world’s 20 leading causes of disease ..read more
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Hundreds of thousands face being denied revolutionary new dementia drugs in England
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by Andrew Gregory Health editor
2M ago
Exclusive: Treatments near approval but lack of diagnostic capacity means NHS unprepared for rollout, report says What are the symptoms of dementia and how do you get a diagnosis? Hundreds of thousands of dementia patients in England face being denied access to revolutionary new drugs because the diagnostic capacity of the NHS lags behind every other G7 country, according to a damning report. After decades of research to find a cure for the condition projected to affect 153 million people worldwide by 2050, scientists have successfully developed the first treatments to tackle the underlying ..read more
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What are the symptoms of dementia and how do you get a diagnosis?
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by Andrew Gregory Health editor
2M ago
Some symptoms could be a sign of other conditions so it is important to see a GP if you have concerns Hundreds of thousands face being denied new dementia drugs in England The number of adults living with dementia worldwide is projected to reach 153 million by 2050. With so many of us likely to be affected directly or indirectly, it is vital everyone can spot the signs and are aware of how to get diagnosed ..read more
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Thousands to be offered blood tests for dementia in UK trial
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by Mabel Banfield-Nwachi
2M ago
More than 50 clinics will offer tests to about 5,000 people who are worried about their memory in five-year trial Thousands of people across the UK who are worried about their memory will receive blood tests for dementia in two trials that doctors hope will help to revolutionise the low diagnosis rate. Teams from the University of Oxford and University College London will lead the trials to research the use of cheap and simple tests to detect proteins for people with early stages of dementia or problems with cognition, with the hope of speeding up diagnosis and reaching more people ..read more
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Will this brutally honest look at dementia finally get us talking or will we turn away? | Sonia Sodha
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by Sonia Sodha
2M ago
The latest advert by the Alzheimer’s Society is shocking, but it tells the harsh reality about the disease that is the leading cause of death in Britain We see a man giving a speech at his mother’s wake. It starts off as you might expect. But he goes on to tell us how his mother died multiple times in the eyes of those who loved her. When she became convinced her friends were stealing from her. When she asked him, her son, what his name was. When she looked straight through his dad. Then he says she died a final time surrounded by the people who loved her. This is the latest ad ..read more
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