UK Health Radio Medical News Update - Alzheimer's blood test.
British scientists have reported that they have made a major step forward in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood that can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy.
Although this is a break through it will not be available from your doctor for a while yet. There will need to be more work done and any treatment will have to be undertaken along with brain scans. But those in the know have hailed this as a breakthrough. These are some of the statistics on the condition that have been produced by the Alzheimer’s Society:
There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.
There are over 17,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
There are over 25,000 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021.
Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5-year age group.
One third of people over 95 have dementia.
60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia.
Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year.
The financial cost of dementia to the UK will be over £23 billion in 2021.
There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.
80% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia or severe memory problems.
Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home.
Only some 44% of people who suffer with dementia in England Wales and Northern Ireland actually receive a diagnosis.
UK Health Radio Medical News Update
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