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Lanarkshire MP backs call to get more participants for dementia clinical trials

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East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP, Dr Lisa Cameron, is encouraging more people with or without dementia to take part in clinical trials.

This World Alzheimer’s Month, the Dementia Research Champion is supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK in its bid to increase the number registering to take part in clinical trials across the nation, and ultimately find life-changing treatments sooner.Throughout September, Ms Cameron will be taking action, as new figures reveal significantly fewer people are taking part in dementia research, compared to those for other leading health conditions.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android In 2020-21, just 61 volunteers were recruited to late-stage dementia drug trials supported by the NIHR Clinical Trial Network – that’s 100 times fewer than cancer, and 10 times fewer than either stroke or coronary heart disease.There are nearly one million people in the UK living with dementia, with 1362 estimated to be living with the condition in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.Yet there are currently no treatments available in the UK that slow down or stop the diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.

The MP says more people taking part in dementia research is needed if life-changing treatments are to be discovered and encourages people living in East Kilbride,

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