Groups 'cooperating to treat Alzheimer's'

An expert has insisted that standards of Alzheimer's treatment in the UK are improving because of increasing cooperation between healthcare organisations and regulatory bodies.

Old-age psychiatry consultant Dr Simon Manchip noted that the Department of Health had launched a campaign to reduce the unnecessary prescription of tranquilisers, but stressed that frequent monitoring is particularly important.

"All patients need to be regularly reviewed to keep our eyes open to issues such as pain, causing agitation and aggression," he explained. "The treatment should improve right through the journey of those suffering with the disease."

Dr Manchip added that recent research published in the British Medical Journal had indicated National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines had improved the management of Alzheimer's by giving professionals more options.

Last week, a study carried out by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation suggested a new blood test could identify the condition up to ten years before the first symptoms begin to show.


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