#TOTW from 14-08-15 ‘Help us beat dementia’

Afternoon folks!

It was a pretty easy choice this week! Here is my #TOTW:

I’ve just signed up to with we might get one step closer to a cure!

I’ve been meaning to sign-up to this for as long time now, but finally got round to it this week! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, check out the link and see if you feel able to sign-up and join in dementia research.

It can be done online and takes just a few minutes. You might be able to take part in a suitable research project near you.

SIGN-UP TODAY! The sooner we get more volunteers, the nearer we will be to one day beating this dreadful disease!

Thank you!

Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 23-07-15 ‘Scientists find first drug that appears to slow Alzheimer’s’

Hey so!

Another week, another great news story about Alzheimer’s and the progress being made in current research:

This has to be yesterday’s most important & exciting news story on the potential benefits of the drug

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK said:

“This is the first evidence of something genuinely modifying the disease process. It’s a breakthrough in my mind. The history of medicine suggests that once you get through that door you can explore further therapeutic opportunities much more aggressively. It makes us less helpless.”

We should be careful when using terms such as “a breakthrough,” but there does seem to be genuine excitement for the possibilities with the drug Solanezumab. It appears to be most effective when given to patients in the early stages of the disease. This of course will mean that for the greatest benefits to be possible then people will need to be diagnosed as early as possible in order to be able to benefit from this potential discovery. This will require funding not just for the research itself, but for the support services around diagnoses – GP’s, follow-up clinics etc.

There will undoubtedly be more stories like this over the coming months and years. It just goes to show the importance of research and the need for this to be properly funded by Government.

This has been a good news week for Alzheimer’s – again! Long may we have many more in the future!

G’nite folks!

Ben

#TOTW (from 05-11-14): Alzheimer’s disease: common diabetes drugs could bring back memories

This has been an interesting week for dementia research, and it’s really a double #TOTW as there have been 2 really positive news stories relating to the latest research:

‘s disease: common drugs could bring back memories

and

Weekly injection could prevent ’s disease

The first link tells of research that has found how the drugs Liraglutide and lixisenatide, currently used to increase insulin production in people with diabetes may help slow or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s. The second link explains how scientists have found a way to help get drugs through the blood-brain barrier and thus make them more effective.

Two for the price of one – go on…still won’t take up more than 10 minutes of your time and hopefully you’ll learn something, just as I did!

#TOTW (from 10-07-2014): ‘Alzheimer’s research in ‘major step’ towards blood test’

This last week has seen yet more stories about assisted dying and people coming out in favour of, or arguing against it. However, as I blogged about this last weekend, I have decided to go with the week’s other big news story as far as I could see, and that was the announcement of a blood test that has been developed in order to help in the battle against Alzheimer’s. This week’s #TOTW is therefore:

Alzheimer’s research in ‘major step’ towards blood test via

Another link I tweeted was also related to the above tweet and is also worth taking a look at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/10954378/Alzheimers-Simple-blood-test-could-speed-up-diagnosis.html

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, described the study as a “technical tour de force”. However, he warned the current accuracy levels risked telling healthy people they were on course to develop Alzheimer’s which may lead to anxiety and depression. However, Dr Karran did argue this was a step towards making Alzheimer’s a preventable disease.

“I think it does, but not immediately. This gives a better way to identify people who will progress to Alzheimer’s disease, people who can be entered into clinical trials earlier, I think that will increase the potential of a positive drug effect and thereby I think we will get to a therapy, which will be an absolute breakthrough if we can get there.”

Although this announcement is just one of many that seem to be made about the battle against this horrific disease, I feel it marks an important step. Although scientists have a long way to go, this blood test demonstrates the value of research in finding a way to tackle dementia, in all it’s forms. This should give us the hope that with more investment in research and with continued effort from the scientific community along with support from Government and other interested organisations, that maybe one day, whether it be in 10, 15 or 20 years time that we may find a way of detecting signs of the disease early enough to prevent it from causing further damage, and maybe even one day to find a cure.

We can but hope.