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Dementia research must be more inclusive

Culture change needed for studies and trials to reflect condition’s varying impact, says Adrian Ivinson

Dementia cases are increasing at an alarming rate, devastating lives, families and the economy. Treatments are desperately needed, but it’s also paramount that new therapies benefit those who need them the most.

More women die of dementia than men, for reasons more complex than simply living longer. The condition also appears to be more prevalent in Black and South Asian ethnic groups than white populations in the UK. Genes, environment and lifestyle all play a role, and people who are disadvantaged in society may have a higher risk of becoming ill.

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