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Searching for a dementia cure

A Cambridge charity is at the forefront of the search to find a cure for dementia after pledging to spend 100 million pounds on research.

Alzheimer's Research UK today launched its Defeat Dementia campaign which aims to speed up the process of finding new treatments and preventions.

It came as the Prime Minister told a G8 summit a "big, bold, global push" was needed to beat the disease. Claire McGlasson reports.

New dementia care home opened by Angela Rippon

by Luke Farrington

In the UK alone there are more than 800,000 people with dementia and that's just the ones we know about.

By 2021 is estimated that number will go up to over a million so there'll be a growing need for specialist facilities.

The broadcaster Angela Rippon, an ambassador to the Alzheimer's Society, helped the cause by opening a new care home in Essex.

Click here to watch an interview with Angela Rippon

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

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