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UK: Dementia cure or drug possible by 2025


Sentinel, The (Carlisle, PA)

12-17-13

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 discovered."

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 Facebook.

This information is intended for educational purposes. Please consult your health care provider for advice about treatments that may affect your individual health.

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