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Posted on 25 Jul

Novice runner finds joy in 300km challenge for dementia research

A novice runner from Leadgate has conquered 300km as part of Running Down Dementia, after losing his grandmother to the condition. Richard Judd, 48, started his running journey a year ago. He’d heard about parkrun, which offers free timed 5km runs across the country, and decided to give it a go. He was nervous, but […]

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Posted on 25 Jul

Young sisters join forces for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia challenge for their grandma

Sisters Amelia and Tessa Parkin have joined forces to complete Running Down Dementia – a 100km running challenge raising vital funds for dementia research. The Ettington schoolgirls decided they wanted to complete the challenge, with the help of their parents Emma and David Parkin, after seeing their 70-year-old grandma gradually deteriorate from dementia. Amelia, aged […]

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Posted on 25 Jul

New approaches to understanding Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

In a study presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016, researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute have explored how some people may develop the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s but never develop symptoms. Alzheimer’s is typified by the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, and Parkinson’s disease by the loss […]

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Posted on 25 Jul

World Health Organisation identifies research goals for tackling dementia

Experts from across the globe have identified key goals for research and gaps in knowledge to be addressed in the fight against dementia. Results from the priority-setting exercise, which was led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of the G7’s Global Action Against Dementia programme, are presented today (Monday 25 July) at the […]

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Posted on 25 Jul

Research suggests symptomatic Alzheimer’s treatments may reduce care costs

New research has linked the use of existing treatments for Alzheimer’s to lower healthcare costs and increased survival for people with the disease. The study, which examined the impact of medications used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, is presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 today (Monday 25 July). The US study, from […]

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Posted on 24 Jul

Subtle behavioural changes could be early sign of dementia

Researchers presenting at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 today, have described a condition called mild behavioural impairment (MBI) that may precede memory and thinking problems in dementia. Dementia involves a number of symptoms including memory loss but also encompassing behaviour and personality changes. As a progressive condition that usually has a gradual onset, it can […]

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Posted on 24 Jul

Brain training activity linked to reduced dementia risk

Florida researchers have presented results from a 10-year study into the effects of ‘brain training’ activities on healthy older people. The study found that a particular activity designed to boost the speed at which people process visual information, was associated with a reduction in memory problems and dementia. Working with 2,785 people with an average […]

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Posted on 24 Jul

Mental stimulation limits the effect of Western diet on thinking skills

Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 have suggested that people with more education, a mentally challenging job and an active social life might be able to better withstand the decline in memory and thinking skills associated with a diet containing lots of sugar and processed foods. The Toronto-based researchers followed a group of […]

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Posted on 24 Jul

Genetic and non-genetic resilience against memory decline and Alzheimer’s

Researchers across the world are keen to understand why some people experience memory decline or diseases like Alzheimer’s, while others don’t. At AAIC2016, two teams of researchers are presenting findings revealing clues to genetic and non-genetic factors influencing a person’s resilience to memory decline and Alzheimer’s. In the first study, a team from the University […]

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Posted on 24 Jul

Occupational complexity linked to better cognitive performance after damage to the brain’s white matter

Researchers in the US have presented findings indicating that individuals who have a history of complex occupations, involving work with other people, are better able to maintain memory and thinking skills in the presence of specific brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The team worked with 284 people with an average age of 60 and […]

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