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Posted on 21 Jul

Dyson raises more than £10,000 for dementia research with football marathon

After putting themselves through eight-hours of relentless back-to-back football matches, Dyson people have raised more than £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK – bringing the total the event has raised for the charity to over £30,000 in three years. On Saturday 15 July, four teams, made up of 48 players, competed in the annual football marathon […]

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Posted on 20 Jul

Blood test indicates Alzheimer’s brain changes

Researchers presenting findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 have found that a blood test could help indicate the presence of the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid, in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease involves a number of different biological processes, but scientists believe that a central change is the build-up of the amyloid protein. Current methods […]

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Posted on 20 Jul

Report suggests one in three dementia cases may be preventable

A new report has estimated that a third of dementia cases could potentially be prevented if nine different risk factors could be eliminated. The Lancet Commission report, which summarises available evidence on risk factors for dementia and models their likely impact on prevalence of the condition, is due to be presented today (Thurs) at the […]

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Posted on 18 Jul

Two new genes linked to Alzheimer’s risk

A team of researchers led by Cardiff University has identified two genes that influence a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The new finding, which builds on the team’s previous work of identifying 24 susceptibility genes, enables a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the disease and offers further hope in developing new treatments. The […]

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Posted on 18 Jul

Sleep disruption associated with the build-up of hallmark Alzheimer’s proteins

Sleep disordered breathing is a condition characterised by periods of not breathing enough or even at all during sleep. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which periods of disordered breathing occur when a person’s upper airway closes. OSA has previously been linked with dementia, and in these new studies, research teams […]

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Posted on 18 Jul

Slowing life expectancy improvements linked to increase in deaths from dementia

A new report has highlighted increasing pressures on England’s health services as deaths from dementia rise, coupled with a slowing in life expectancy increases. The Marmot Indicators Briefing, published by the UCL Institute of Health Equity, is published on Tuesday 18 July and updates on several key health measures that are used to track progress […]

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Posted on 17 Jul

Alzheimer’s Research UK Chief Executive to be awarded honorary degree

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, is to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter in recognition of her work at the helm of the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Hilary joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2013, working to drive forward the organisation’s profile and influence. The award ceremony on […]

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Posted on 17 Jul

Being unmarried or widowed linked to increased dementia risk

Researchers from University College London have found that people who are single or widowed are at a greater risk of dementia than people who are married. The research, which is a review of 14 existing studies, is being presented today (17 July) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC17) in London. Dr Laura Phipps of […]

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Posted on 17 Jul

You are what you eat? The role of diet in healthy brain ageing and dementia risk

Four studies being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 are highlighting the potential benefits of certain diets and how they can support healthy brain ageing and help to reduce dementia risk. There is a body of evidence indicating that what is good for the heart is also good for the head, and these […]

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Posted on 17 Jul

Emergency but not elective hospital admissions linked to faster memory and thinking decline

Researchers in Chicago have investigated the link between hospital admissions and memory and thinking problems. Existing research indicates that older people are at an increased risk of both short- and long-term memory and thinking problems after being admitted to hospital. In this study researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Centre at Rush University compared the […]

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