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Fast-track dementia test breakthrough

5th November 2012

The Prime Minister is planning to announce a new test which could cut diagnosis times for dementia from 18 months to just three.


David Cameron will provide more information on Thursday about a pilot project in Sussex which involves a special mobile clinic which employs brain scans and tests to diagnose the condition.

A new 'Brain Health Centre' will be opened at the Brain Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital in South London. 

It has been estimated that more than 400,000 people have undiagnosed dementia in Britain, which means they cannot access treatment and support designed for sufferers.

People will be able to carry out a test on an electronic device at their GP's surgery which can spot differences between normal and abnormal memory function.

The government has invested £39 million in a fund known as Biomedical Catalyst, which supports 32 small and medium sized business which are developing innovative methods of addressing health issues.

Mr Cameron said last night: "Dementia is a devastating disease that puts enormous strain on people and their families."

"Prompt diagnosis makes an enormous difference to dementia sufferers. This ground-breaking work from UK scientists and companies could change lives for the better and it underlines to the world that Britain is great for research and for business."

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