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Date:2/17/2013

ough the use of games on iPads and mobile phone apps will be of great benefit to healthy people and those with mental health problems alike.

"Technology for early detection of problems in brain health and for monitoring mental health problems is essential. This will promote early detection and early effective treatment, as well as public health planning. Hopefully, this conceptual shift in the way society views brain health will ultimately lead to the prevention of common mental health problems."

Relevant statistics from Prof Sahakian's presentation:

  • Today only around 40 per cent of those with dementia know they have it.

  • UK - Estimated total annual costs including health service costs, lost earnings, lost productivity and human costs depression - 20.2-23.8 billion, anxiety - 8.9 billion, schizophrenia - 13.3 billion, dementia - 17 billion, somatisation disorder - 17.6 billion.

  • Early detection is cost-effective for the NHS: Each patient with Alzheimer's disease who receives early assessment and treatment saves society 7741, compared no early assessment and treatment. Of this, 3600 is in direct healthcare costs.


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Contact: Genevieve Maul
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University of Cambridge
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