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Combination of environmental, life-style and genetic factors.

ALZHEIMER'S is one kind of dementia, and was discovered by Dr Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Although there is no known cure, medicate

on can slow down or control the symptoms.

A well-balanced diet combined with regular physical and mental exercise is also thought to reduce the risk of the disease.

But the cause of Alzheimer's is not yet fully understood. It's likely that it is a combination of many environmental, lifestyle and genetic

factors. Around 700,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia and 15,000 of those are under 65. Sufferers often live for 8-10 years after diagnosis, but it can be as much as 20 years.

Common symptoms include personality change, difficulty performing everyday tasks, and problems with language and judgment.

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Fran Edwards in 2006, when the disease was just developing
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Date:Aug 7, 2007
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