September 21st is Worlds Alzheimer's Day
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition. These include:
- increasing age
- a family history of the condition
- previous severe head injuries
- lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease
It's becoming increasingly understood that it's very common to have both changes of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia together (mixed dementia).
Dr Joseph Jebelli has been with Steve Wright 19th September discussing Alzheimer's and his new book 'In Pursuit of Memory - The Fight Against Alzheimer's'.
Joseph Jebelli is a 31-year-old British neuroscientist. His first book, IN PURSUIT OF MEMORY: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s, is inspired by his own grandfather’s experience with Alzheimer’s and is the story of the disease, from the scientists who discovered it, to the patients and families living with it, to the researchers fighting to eradicate it. It sold at auction to John Murray Press in the UK and Little, Brown in the US and will be published in June 2017. Rights have also sold in Italy (Mondadori), Brazil (Editora Planeta) and Romania (Editora Trei/Lifestyle).
Dr Joseph Jebelli began to work on Alzheimer’s – specifically, using the body’s immune system to halt its progress – while doing his PhD in neurobiology at UCL. He continued this research at the University of Washington, before moving back to London.
Dr Joseph Jebelli has been doing research into turmeric for altzheimers. He has discovered that turmeric can help to break down the proteins that form in the brain which is an exciting first step into investigating turmeric's potential with the disease. A radio interview with Dr Jebelli can be found HERE