Dec. 16--While there currently is no cure or effective drug for dementia,
British Prime Minister David Cameron said recently that international research
is getting close enough that he believes one will be found by 2025.
Last week at a one-day G8 summit on the issue in London, Cameron said that
finding a cure or treatment for dementia is "within our grasp," the Associated
Press reported. The prime minister said he wanted to kick-start an international
effort to find a cure.
Meanwhile, Boiling Springs Family Medicine physician Dr. Chad Jumper talked
about what are currently the options for dementia patients and what the
challenges are in finding a cure.
Q: What are the early symptoms of dementia?
A: "Early symptoms of dementia include memory loss, trouble with communication
and difficulty with carrying out tasks that were previously easy to perform."
Q: How does dementia affect how the brain works?
A: "Dementia damages nerve cells and disturbs normal communication within the
brain. This causes the telltale problems with memory and overall function."
Q: What are some common forms of dementia?
A: "The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Other common types
include vascular dementia (caused by impaired blood supply), dementia related to
Parkinson's disease, and dementia due to brain injury."
Q: How is it currently treated?
A: "Current treatment aims to prevent progression of the disease. Oral
medications, vitamin supplementation, risk factor control and counseling for
patients and their caregivers are all at the core of current therapy."
Q: What are the challenges in finding a cure?
A: "The major hurdle to finding a cure is that the cause of dementia remains
unknown. Age, genetics, lifestyle and other disease states all serve as risk
factors. However, knowing a more definitive cause is needed before a cure can be
Dr. Chad Jumper is a family practice physician at Boiling Springs Family
Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine. He attended Penn State and
completed his residency at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He is a member
of the American Medical Association and the American Association of Family
Practice. Check Boiling Springs Family Medicine on Twitter @DrChadJumper and on
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