G8 aims to beat dementia by 2025 with AIDS-style fight

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron watched by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, speaks at the G8 Dementia Summit, at Lancaster House in central LondonBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) – Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said the world needed to fight the spread of the memory-robbing condition just as it fought AIDS. The move by the Group of Eight (G8) nations matches the date set by the United States last year for beating Alzheimer's – but the target is ambitious, considering there is no obvious cure on the horizon. Global cases of dementia are expected to treble by 2050, yet scientists are still struggling to understand its basic biology, and the current medicine cupboard is bare. The London meeting – the first G8 summit on a specific illness since HIV and AIDS – was hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said it was vital to show that dementia was not a normal part of ageing.

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