European Brain Council declares 2014 the ‘Year of The Brain1In total, disorders of the brain costs the UK around £112 billion a year2 The annual cost, to the UK, of Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Sleep Disorders is approximately £8.2 billion2 As one of the UK’s leading R&D pharmaceutical investors with a focus on the central nervous system and the immune system we are committed to discovering new treatments for brain related disorders
Slough, UK, 4 February 2014: The European Brain Council pledged to make 2014 the European Year of the Brain and as a science skills leader with a strong heritage in providing medicines for conditions of the central nervous system, UCB supports this initiative. During the ‘Year of the Brain’ in Europe, UCB will raise awareness, educate, and challenge current perceptions around brain-related illnesses.
Did you know - that there are over 600 neurological diseases affecting the brain3
Epilepsy is the most common, serious brain disorder worldwide.4 More than half a million people in the UK have epilepsy, which is about 1 in 100 people5. Epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed in children and people aged 65 and over but can affect anyone regardless of race and social classes.5 It is reported that there are approximately 32,000 new cases of epilepsy in the UK each year.6 Epilepsy is not a single condition, and doctors have described more than 40 different types of seizure that may affect people living with epielpsy.5 While 70% of people with epilepsy could obtain freedom from their seizures with optimal drug treatments, that leaves 30% of people living with epilepsy who do not respond adequately to current drug treatments.6,7
Did you know - the human brain is made up of 100 billion nerve cells and each cell is connected to around 10,000 other cells8
Parkinson’s Disease affects an estimated 127,000 people in the UK9. Parkinson’s is more prevalent in adults over the age of 50 however it can occur in younger people with recent figures highlighting that 1 in 20 Parkinson’s patients in the UK are under the age of 40.9 Parkinson’s can be disabling with symptoms progressing with age and impairing cognitive function.10 There is a whole spectrum of symptoms that can severely impact upon a patient’s quality of life such as tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, pain, depression, constipation, difficulty in swallowing and sleep disturbance, as well as many more11. There is no cure for Parkinson’s but there are a number of available treatments which help to alleviate symptoms12.
Did you know - up to 4,000 new nerve cells are made by the brain every second8
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a chronic neurological disorder described as an urge to move the legs, especially at rest.13, 14 Symptoms are mainly felt in the legs and can include: a crawling sensation, feeling like water running down the leg as well as deep pain within the leg.15 In many cases of RLS, the exact cause is unknown. Some doctors think that symptoms may have something to do with how the body handles a chemical in the brain called dopamine.14 Some cases of RLS may be caused by underlying health conditions such as iron deficiency or kidney failure.14 An estimated 1 in 10 people will develop RLS at some point in their lives and it tends to affect women more than men and can occur at any point in life.15 RLS can be disruptive to sleep that may impact upon cognition16,17. In a survey, 28% of adults reported that they had missed work due to impact upon sleep.17 There is currently no cure for RLS but therapeutic options are available to help reduce symptoms.18
Did you know - every experience you have will impact on the structure of your brain19
Narcolepsy is a rare but serious brain disorder. It can cause a person to fall asleep suddenly without warning and at any time. Symptoms include sleep attacks, excessive daytime sleepiness, and temporary muscle weakness as a response to emotions such as laughter and anger – known as cataplexy20. It is difficult to quantify exactly how many people have narcolepsy but it is estimated that at least 25,000 people in the UK are affected by the condition20. Narcolepsy affects both men and women equally. There is currently no cure for narcolepsy however there are a number of medications and behavioural techniques that doctors or sleep specialists can use to manage the condition21.
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UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With 9000 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of EUR 3.4 billion in 2012. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB).
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