Could carbon monoxide poisoning give you DEMENTIA? Charity says investigation is 'urgent'


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Carbon monoxide could be tie up to dementia

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that can be toxic to humans and in solid concentrations it is known to be a ‘stealth killer’.

The Gas Safety Trust has discussed carbon monoxide as being one of elements which could be affecting peoples’ cognitive function.

A study, disclosed in the Emergency Medicine Journal has found 30 per cent of tients with penetrating carbon monoxide poisoning may experience the ’onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms’, comprising dementia.

It is also naturally produced within the body in small weights, where it plays a number of important roles such as helping to manage blood pressure.

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Carbon monoxide is uninteresting and odourless

In the brain, carbon monoxide acts as a ‘chemical messenger’, help nerve cells to communicate with each other.

Previous examine has shown that people with Alzheimer’s have increased amounts of carbon monoxide in the mastermind, but it’s unclear whether this increase is a cause of damage or a result of infirmity processes.

But researchers from the University of Leeds have found that carbon monoxide base naturally in our bodies could help protect against damage from Alzheimer’s proteins.

Although mortal to people in large quantities, the study shows that the small amount of the gas this point in time in our bodies may protect against the effects of the amyloid protein, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s infection.


Symptoms of dementia include memory im irment

The research, inception published in 2014, was funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society with endorse from The Henry Smith Charity, and was published in the journal Cell Cessation and Disease.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: West Midlands and the Gas Sanctuary Trust held a roundtable discussion in Birmingham on May 25, to consider carbon monoxide virus and the elderly and potential areas for research funding.

The meeting looked in distinct at carbon monoxide in relation to the im ct on peoples’ cognitive function as fine as potential links to dementia.

Chaired by Dr Susan Bews, an independent Gas Cover Trust trustee, the event brought together local clinicians and researchers who be subjected to ideas for research in the area.

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Symptoms of dementia and CO poisoning are almost identical

Dr Susan Bews, Gas Safety Trust said: “It is clear that there is a lot that we allay do not understand about a possible link between carbon monoxide contaminating and dementia.

“We had a lively and stimulating debate which the Gas Safety Trust awaits will lead to concrete, valuable and feasible research proposals.

“Aged people represent one of the most vulnerable and at risk sections of society.

“With Free Health England projections suggesting that over one million in the flesh will have a diagnosis of dementia by 2025, it is clear that this conference is both timely and urgently needed.

“It was very encouraging to hear the relish for further research into understanding the risks of low level carbon monoxide for the long in the tooth and rticularly the real commitment across a wide range of professionals to spur together to reduce the risks for the more vulnerable, for example those with dementia.”

The sort heard from a speakers including Afroza Ahmed, Founder of Going to Keep Warm, Professor Peter Crome, Clinical Research Network: West Midlands Clinical ttern for Dementia and Gordon Lishman, chair of Gas Safe Charity and former governor general, Age Concern.

Attendees identified specific topics of interest and it was agreed that accessory discussions will take place to develop research proposals.

Above 800,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of dementia, with 1 in 20 people exceeding 60 affected and as many as 1 in 5 of those over 80.

Symptoms of dementia incorporate memory im irment and cognitive im irment such as effects on language, motor glides and recognition – symptoms are similar to those displayed by people who have been killed by carbon monoxide.

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