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Dementia impact in UK under-estimated

Dementia now costs the UK economy twice as much as cancer but gets a fraction of the funding to find causes and cures, the BBC has learned.

The report from the Alzheimer's Research Trust, says over 820,000 people have the condition in Britain, a much higher figure than previously thought.

However, for every pound spent on dementia research, 12 times that sum goes on investigating cancer, figures indicate. Jane Hughes reports


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