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UK dementia diagnosis 'needs to be improved'

UK dementia diagnosis 'needs to be improved'
13th June 2011

Dementia diagnosis in the UK needs to be improved to ensure that those living with the condition can access appropriate treatment, a leading expert has claimed.

There is still plenty of stigma surrounding dementia and Alzheimer's, according to the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

However, centre director professor June Andrews claims that there is "still a great deal that needs to be done".

She added: "You can't access any treatment or support unless you know that your problems stem from that disease.

"Only an early test will help us work out what treatments or life style changes will make a difference."

Researchers in the US recently suggested that by using a technique called positron emission tomography scanning, doctors may be able to detect the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia earlier.

Advances in this technique mean that levels of amyloid plaques in the brain - which have been associated with development of dementia and other neurological conditions - can be detected with greater accuracy.

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