Mental Health Awareness Week and”Curing Alzheimers'”

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I can’t ignore the fact that the BBC have two very high profile programmes on over this week and next week that you should try and view. Firstly  the “Horizon” documentary last week looked at the new era of Alzheimer’s research, which may bring hope to millions of people affected by Dementia across the world. New scanning and gene technology is allowing scientists to identify the disease at its earliest stages, often several years before noticable symptoms appear and brain cells are irreperably damaged . A series of new drugs trials in Colombia, the USA and Europe are showing startling success in reducing beta amyloid, the protein which is a hallmark of the disease. what that means though is perhaps not as clear as you might hope. To watch the full programme go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bgqdq

Next Thursday on BBC One at 21:00 hours there is another programme about Dementia called “The Truth About…. Dementia” In this one Angela Rippon investigates the disease that took her mother’s life and is now starting to affect her friends. She undergoes a series of tests to discover if she has any early signs of the disease and makes the difficult decision about whether to take a genetic test that could predict her future risk. Along the way, Angela finds out some of the surprising ways people can help to protect themselves. Information about the programme is at the following webpage, where the iPlayer link will probably go afterwards. See:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07c6n5b

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 is also next week so there are lots of awareness raising things going on across the country. For information about what is happening look at the Mental Health Foundation page at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

The BBC resource page “In the Mind” also contains lots of materials about the topic and will provide links to their contributions to this week; see:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22574973

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