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No evidence you can ‘catch’ Alzheimer’s disease #DAM2015 Day 13

Many in the media continue to write and therefore spread harmful and hurtful misrepresentations about dementia, stories about the causes, the very inaccurate¬†‘soon to be here’¬†cures, and most of the time, usually using offensive language.

For Day 13 of Dementia Awareness Month 2015, we thought we should talk about one such¬†article, from last week. There has been a lot of confusion about a number of¬†articles from last week, claiming you can catch Alzheimer’s Disease, so with their permission, I have added¬†the easily¬†understandable¬†response from¬†Alzheimer’s Scotland¬†to this¬†sensationalist and irresponsible journalism.

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 6.39.25 amToday’s story on ‘catching’ Alzheimer’s disease

¬†Published by Alzheimer’s Scotland on¬†Thursday 10 September 2015

“A study was published today (in Nature) which stated that the protein beta-amyloid was found in the brains of eight people who had been who had previously injected with human growth hormone. It was suggested that these people would have therefore gone on to develop Alzheimer‚Äôs disease. The protein was observed in seven of the eight brains examined.

Some of today‚Äôs headlines have suggested that people can ‚Äėcatch‚Äô Alzheimer‚Äôs disease, that it is in some way contagious, or that it can be caught through medical or surgical procedures.¬†

There is no evidence of this. 

Alzheimer Scotland are deeply disappointed by the sensationalist and irresponsible nature of much of today’s coverage.

While this study is interesting, it is far too small to draw any conclusions.

Go to their website to read the full response to this irresponsible journalism.

Editor: Kate Swaffer