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英国将借八国会议讨论痴呆症问题

来源:生物谷 2013-08-20 17:37

2013年8月20日讯 /生物谷BIOON/ --英国借本次八国会议主办者权力召开首次全球痴呆症研究峰会。此次会议将于今年12月11日在英国伦敦举行,英国首相David Cameron和卫生大臣Jeremy Hunt号召八国集团卫生部长出席此次会议。Jeremy Hunt将痴呆症形容为全世界共同的敌人。目前世界上有约3560万人正在遭受着这种疾病的折磨。据估计到2020年,这一数字将增加到7000万人。2010年,由于痴呆症引起的费用就高达6040亿美元,其中70%在欧洲和北美。然而不幸的是,大部分痴呆症患者都分布于发展中国家。但是与这一严峻形势形成鲜明对比的是,自从2003年以来,在该领域就没有新疗法的出现。

此次举办该峰会就是为了扭转这种局面,为未来营造一个更好地健康环境。(生物谷Bioon.com)

详细英文报道:

The UK will use its presidency of the G8 to hold the first global dementia summit.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have called on health ministers from the member countries to attend the meeting in London on 11 December.

Mr Hunt described the condition as a global challenge.

Currently there are 35.6 million people worldwide living with dementia. By 2020 the figure will be nearly 70 million.

The total estimated worldwide cost of dementia was $604bn (?386bn) in 2010. About 70% of the costs occur in Western Europe and North America.

But nearly 60% of people with the condition live in developing countries. As their populations grow and age, the pressure on their services and budgets will increase.

Mr Hunt said: "This is a global challenge and one which is set to intensify.

"While we continue to pursue tomorrow's cures, it is critical now more than ever to pay serious attention to what we can do to reduce the average number of years living with the condition.

"The G8 today have a unique chance to come together to help people manage dementia better, lead healthier lives and deliver real improvements in care and substantial economic savings."

Hilary Evans, of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "Worryingly, there have been no new treatments for dementia since 2003 and those in existence only offer modest efficacy.

"We desperately need new treatments and interventions that can delay the onset, slow the progression and manage the symptoms of dementia.

"Only through increased research can we make progress and offer hope to people with dementia."

 

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