World Alzheimer’s Day – from timebomb to tsunami (PLoS an update on patient information and placebos)

Expect lots of news pieces this week about Alzheimer's disease ahead of World Alzheimer's Day (WAD) which takes place on Friday 21st September.  This is one of the better ones I have seen, from the Observer yesterday.  Interesting how the language has changed although the message has not - what was once called a timebomb... Continue Reading →

From crisis to challenge: PM to spell out new dementia plan including research boost

This morning's news bulletins are full of stories trailing the Prime Minister's speech in London later today, when he is expected to launch a national challenge on dementia - from accelerating research funding and setting up a new academic science centre, to establishing a national screening programme and encouraging people to donate their brains to research.... Continue Reading →

Obama echoes Nixon’s ‘war on cancer’ with pledge to Alzheimer’s families

This piece from Forbes Magazine is worth reading as a critique of the Obama Presidential Advisory Group draft framework on Alzheimer's published this week.  The Group have set a goal of  effectively treating and preventing Alzheimer's by 2025. Obama and Nixon would make strange bedfellows.  But the last paragraph of the article is perhaps the most salient in pointing... Continue Reading →

Sums and summitry

Yesterday 30 top scientists called for a tripling of Government expenditure on research into dementia - you may have heard some of them being interviewed on news programmes during the day.  Their call was timed to coincide with a day-long summit organised by the Department of Health and Medical Research Council (MRC) which brought together... Continue Reading →

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