A step closer to overcoming dementia

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Issue 26: 4 Aug 2020
Every week, HEADlines brings you the latest news, stories and commentaries
in education and healthcare. This week, get insights on the latest developments
in healthcare.
Advances in Alzheimer's prevention and care research

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2020 (AAIC®) held virtually last week, international investigators, clinicians and care researchers gathered online to discuss the latest studies, theories and discoveries that will help bring the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science.

Over the years, while the risk factors of Alzheimer's have been well studied, it has been challenging for researchers to find effective ways to treat or delay the development of the disease. This year at the AAIC, several significant studies pointed the way forward for the medical community:

With over 50 million dementia patients worldwide and the numbers expected to triple by 2050, the work to find a cure for Alzheimer's has never been more urgent. These studies, along with ongoing clinical trials, will bring us one step closer to overcoming this disease.
Healthcare in the Spotlight
An analysis of the latest information on research timelines and the potential impact of the vaccine on the pandemic - and society.

The world’s largest vaccine producer, the Serum Institute, announced a plan to make hundreds of millions of doses of an unproven inoculation. It’s a gamble with a huge upside. And huge risks.
Mental health researchers call for an equity-oriented response to bring about sustainable recovery from the pandemic.
Because climate change has major effects on weather patterns, heat indices, the prevalence of toxic substances and a heightened risk of infectious diseases, a worsening of climate disruption means a worsening of worker health.

Deforestation could have exacerbated climate change in Lao, which further led to an increase in the length of the transmission season of the virus.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and what is set to be Singapore's worst dengue outbreak, researchers have developed a faster testing method to differentiate between the two.

That's all for the week!
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