One in three people born in Britain in 2015 will develop dementia: Report
Sept.21, London: A recent study shows that one in three people born in Britain in 2015 will develop dementia. An analysis commissioned by the charity campaign group Alzheimer's Research UK, underlines the need for global efforts to develop treatments for the brain-wasting condition.
The study, conducted by the Office of Health Economics, said that the disease already affects some 850,000 people in Britain, and a total of 35.6 million worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
It is caused by brain diseases, most commonly Alzheimer's disease, which result in the loss of brain cells and affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, and since age is the biggest risk factor, the number of people with dementia is likely to rise as life expectancy increases.
A neuro-scientist at Britain's University of Reading who specializes in Alzheimer's Mark Dallas, said as well as the size of the potential problem, this study also highlighted the gaps in research efforts and funds
The startling numbers of people born this year that will be affected by dementia put it on a par with other life-changing diseases, he informed.
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