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alzheimer’s disease

Ageing
January 8, 2015

Can Alzheimer’s be cured?

Dementia, and particularly dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, is becoming a lot more common as the years go by. Unlike many diseases, Alzheimer’s is a collection of conditions with no cure, no known cause and it has a massive impact the people closest to the patient. If you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s then you’ll know exactly how devastating can be – it’s almost as if you’re losing your loved one right in front of your eyes. Scientists all over the world have been researching this condition - trying to understand it and find a cure. Now they…
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Ageing
July 9, 2014

An Alzheimer’s blood test? It’ll soon be possible

Scientists say that a blood test that identifies people who are likely to develop Alzheimer’s could be ready to go in two years! But what does that have to do with you or me – isn’t Alzheimer’s something that only old people get? It is, but this test is aimed at spotting the likelihood long before it happens, which is a massive leap when it comes to the condition. The test is 90% accurate and the hope is that an early warning will help to slow the onset, or even stop deterioration. (more…)
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Ageing
March 17, 2014

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Soul-mates for 40 years, Frank and Heila Hunt had happy plans for the next phase of their lives together, once they reached retirement. But everything changed when Heila was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 56. Heila’s condition was diagnosed early, and the couple put everything on hold so that they were able to enjoy what time they had together. For Frank, that was the worst part about his wife’s illness – slowly watching her lose her memory, speech and other abilities. (more…)
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Ageing
January 16, 2014

Spotting the early signs of dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is fast becoming a serious health problem, and it currently affects more than 800 000 people in the UK alone. Considering there is no cure for the disease, scientists are now trying to find new ways to spot the early signs of dementia, in an attempt to help curb the problem before it becomes worse. One of the latest scientific advancements is a 15 minute test to help detect any early warning signs of the condition. (more…)
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