Wednesday January 26, 2011
BC Gov't News
Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Genetic advances may mean more targeted drugs for brain illness
Submitted by BC Gov't/Voice file photo
anuary is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada and I encourage British Columbians to take time to learn more about this disease. More than 70,000 British Columbians are currently living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia – nearly 10,000 of these individuals are under the age of 65.
“Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia – with the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning," said Ida Chong, Minister of Science and Universities in a release Tuesday.
“One of the most recent research breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s has been achieved right here in British Columbia. Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered the same genetic mechanism that destroys brain cells in people with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease – providing a potential new target for drugs that could forestall dementia in people with either condition. This is welcome news and a major step forward in finding new ways to treat this devastating disease."
“The Province of British Columbia wishes to recognize the ground-breaking work being undertaken by these researchers and also the role played by The Alzheimer Society of B.C. in educating British Columbians and supporting people with Alzheimer’s." said Chong adding that “Together with other researchers and support organizations throughout Canada, these dedicated British Columbians are striving to improve the lives of those who suffer from this heart-breaking disease and ease the many challenges faced by their families.”
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