What does the new NHS Alzheimer's test mean for our future selves?

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If your eyes glazed over when you scanned the NHS Alzheimer's test headlines this morning (11 December), now's the time to focus because it's actually pretty darn important.

Even if you've only just hit 30, the growing population of elderly people and our extended life spans means Alzheimer's and dementia are all but guaranteed to affect your family and friends. Sad but true.

Want a run down of the facts without all the scientific jargon? Here's the deal...

1. The state will fund an NHS brain scan that will either confirm or rule out the presence of brain plaques. It's these brain plaques that indicate Alzheimer's Disease.

2. One in five cases are wrongly diagnosed, which means people are given loads of drugs they don't really need. This test should change that - check out how it's affecting people's lives...



3. We'll be the first place in the world to offer this technology for all. David Cameron's also pledging more investment in dementia research.

4. In some patients, the scan will be able to rule out the possibility of getting Alzheimer's Disease for five years. That's five years without the stress and worry.

5. If a scan does show dangerous brain plaques, families can prepare and get the right treatment. That means better quality of life for your loved ones.

6. By 2021, more than one million people will have dementia (and the numbers are growing all the time). Now's the time to tackle it head on.

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