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Alzheimer's and dementia could 'bankrupt healthcare'

Alzheimer's and dementia could 'bankrupt healthcare'
16th July 2009

The world's healthcare systems could be in for a big financial shock in the next few years, according to an expert in the field of neurodegenerative diseases.

Ralph Nixon, the vice-chairman of the Alzheimer's Association of Medical & Scientific Advisory Council, made an address to delegates in Vienna's Alzheimer's Association international conference and stated that it could get tough for governments around the globe.

He said: "There are now more than 26 million people living with Alzheimer's and dementia around the world.

"But there is hope. There are currently dozens of drugs in clinical trials which have the potential to change the landscape of Alzheimer's in our lifetime."

Mr Nixon added that government and private dollars are needed to fund these breakthroughs to capitalise on the huge progress made in the last few years.

This week, it was revealed by scientists at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine that moderate alcohol consumption offers long-term cognitive protection and thus helps against dementia.

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