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Monday, September 29, 2008

Terry Pratchett considers that Alzheimer's disease is chronically under-funded compared with other conditions

Terry Pratchett condemns Government over Alzheimer's research funding
Article in the Telegraph


"In a speech to Conservative Party Conference, Mr Pratchett, 60, will describe how he was diagnosed last year with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's and warn that the country faces a "tsunami" of dementia unless a cure is found.

While he himself donated £500,000 earlier this year, he will say that the disease is chronically under-funded compared with other conditions.

A patron of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, Mr Pratchett is not politically aligned, and once said he would like to: "kick a politician in the teeth" over the treatment of dementia patients.

In his speech, he will say: "I am appalled that research into Alzheimer's and related diseases, which affects 700,000 people in the UK, currently receives just three per cent of government medical research funding.

"Perhaps that is why, for example, I know three people who have successfully survived brain tumours but no-one who has beaten Alzheimer's."

Mr Pratchett has continued to write since being diagnosed in December, as well as campaigning for more help for dementia sufferers."

You can reduce your risk of developing vascular dementia by avoiding salt and salty food. This reduces your risk of most degenerative diseases.