Not enough Doctors working on Alzheimer's Research says the Alzheimer's Society
There are "serious gaps" in dementia research, which is slowing down the development of new treatments, a charity has said.
Few career opportunities and a lack of funding is leading to a shortage of doctors working in the field, the Alzheimer's Society warned.
Its report found that 70% of dementia PhD students leave the research area withi
n four years, while five times more people are doing a PhD in cancer than dementia.
Despite the fact that most dementia patients rely heavily on social care, fewer than 2% of the most prolific UK dementia researchers specialise in social care and social work.
The Alzheimer's Society commissioned the study from the not-for-profit research firm Rand Europe.
It found that the lack of a secure career path for researchers, due to scarce funding, was putting people off.
It also found too few mid-level positions for post-doctoral researchers to help them move to their first independent research post.
Health professionals already working in areas such as social care are also unable to secure PhD posts or junior positions.
The charity said there was a "lingering view" that not much can be done for people with dementia.
Dr Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Dementia research is going from strength to strength in the UK but this report highlights that there are still too few people choosing it as a career, especially those from clinical and care professions.
"We must build the reputation of dementia research to show that it is one of the most cutting edgeareas of research that is poised to make significant advances in the next decade.
"By attracting and retaining more of the very best researchers in dementia, we will be able to significantly speed up progress towards innovative care and that all important cure."
Some 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and the cost to the UK economy is put at £26.3 billion a year.
The charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) also published a report, endorsed by Public Health England, on the growing link between smoking and dementia.
Ash chief executive, Deborah Arnott, said: "Smokers know that smoking causes cancer and heart disease but they need to also know about the increased risk of developing dementia.
"Stopping smoking is the single most important way smokers can improve their health as well as reducing their risks of developing dementia."
Dementia and Eyesight problems I noticed some time ago, that my eyesight was giving me
problems when trying to read and concentrate on things like my blog, but when I
got my eyes tested I was told there is nothing wrong.
I know that my brain fluctuates quite regularly during the
day, through my Lewy Body Dementia, and I go from being active to not being able
to work things out, so I am now wondering whether this has some effect on my
eyesight as well as this also fluctuates, and after a while it becomes annoying. I sometimes get blurred vision and other times I see double.
I had double vision problems many years ago and it was corrected, but that was
before the Lewy Body dementia started.
I confess that I am starting to wonder if the dementia is
behind this, especially as it’s intermittent and not there all of the time. I
try to keep myself active but when this starts it causes upset as I cannot do
the things I want to do, or cannot see properly to concentrate.
New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies
Published on: 8 June 2017
From Newcastle University
New guidelines have been published on the clinical and physical indicators to help ensure patients with dementia with Lewy bodies get an accurate diagnosis and the best care possible.
Professor Ian McKeith
Our guidelines now distinguish clearly between clinical features and diagnostic biomarkers, and give guidance about the best methods to establish and interpret these
Professor Ian McKeith
The death of Hollywood actor Robin Williams in 2014 threw the condition into the spotlight as it was identified he struggled with the illness.
Now scientists at Newcastle University have led an international team of experts to produce new recommendations to help diagnose the disease more accurately and improve management of the complex disorder.
According to research published online today and in the July 4, 2017, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of…
I had never realised until recently just how much a chest infection changes a person with a neurological illness like dementia.
I had a bad one three weeks ago and realised that I was going up the wall, and was doing and saying things that hurt my wife, or at least I did after I did it.
I honestly do not know how this happens but it is hurtful to everyone around, at the time, as we do things which are totally out of character.
I have been diagnosed as having another yesterday, so that must be about the sixth one this year, and its getting me down.
I thought I was alright in the morning apart from being chesty, having a horrendous headache and coughing up loads of rubbish. We then we went out shopping where I went dizzy and ended up hanging on to the shop shelves for security
After a while my wife rang the doctors to get an appointment before they closed for the weekend.
But these people seem to have vastly different ideas, each time you see the doctor that is in the clinic when we …