Dementia is one of the hidden diseases. A new report from the UK reveals that the number of sufferers is 15 per cent higher than health authorities had calculated - and investigations from WDDTY suggest that over-the-counter drugs may be one of the chief causes. Around 821,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia, but gets very little funding for finding the causes and cures, says the Alzheimer's Research Trust. For every lb1 spent on dementia research, lb12 is spent on investigating cancer. The numbers of sufferers are 15 per cent higher than previous calculations had estimated, and the Trust says that it will afflict more than 1 million Britons alone before 2025. But a new report from WDDTY - It's drugs, not old age - suggests that many cases of dementia are being caused by everyday drugs that people buy at the pharmacy. Almost every commonly prescribed or over-the-counter drug can produce symptoms that resemble dementia, such as not remembering words or suffering short-term memory loss. Most drugs include a nerve-blocking agent, called an anticholinergic. Some drugs have known nerve-blocking qualities, but many drugs contain the agent, even though the information is not listed in drugs' patient sheets. (Source: Alzheimer's Research Trust: http://alzheimers-research.org.uk/news/article.php?type=News&id=544; WDDTY report, It's drugs, not old age: http://www.wddtyhealthshop.com/products.asp?recnumber=246).