Pratchett, BBC and Infra-red Helmets


I noticed from some trailers on the TV that next week (and the week after), BBC2 is airing ‘Living With Alzheimer’s’. It will be broadcast in two parts on February 4 and 11.

The BBC mini-site includes an interview by Terry with Prof Sir Michael Rawlings from NICE.

Apparently one of the things he will do is to trial an infra-red helmet that researchers say may improve cognition for people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society have released a statement particularly relating to this

‘We welcome any new initiatives to help fight dementia, but the infra-red helmet is still at an early stage of research. We need a proper clinical trial to determine whether or not it is a safe and effective treatment for people with dementia.

‘700,000 people are living with dementia and one million people will develop the condition in the next ten years. Many would try anything to stop this devastating condition robbing them of their lives.  It is vital that we do not generate false hope and that all potential treatments are rigorously tested.’

False hopes are indeed, not a Good Thing – but I have to say I’m intrigued by the idea and have made a note to remember to watch the programmes.

And I am grateful that Terry is so open about his Alzheimer’s and by sharing his experiences he is and has been able to break down a lot of preconceptions about the disease.

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