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Posted on 27 Jul

Phase III tau drug fails to meet endpoints but shows silver lining as monotherapy

At AAIC2016, researchers from TauRx Therapeutics Ltd presented results from a phase III clinical trial of the drug leuco-methylthioninium-bis(hydromethanesulfonate) or LMTM in people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. LMTM is a second generation drug aimed at blocking the build-up of tau protein in Alzheimer’s, improved from an earlier version called Rember. The drug, given twice daily […]

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Posted on 27 Jul

Ayr runner taking on mammoth 700km for Running Down Dementia challenge

A 50-year-old from Ayr has pledged to run 700km over the summer to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, after seeing the impact of the condition on his family. Andy Harper, who works as a bid manager in the construction industry, started Running Down Dementia in May. The initiative, organised by Alzheimer’s Research UK and […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Research highlights misdiagnosis for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Research presented today (Tuesday 26 July) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 suggests that men with Alzheimer’s may be more likely to be misdiagnosed than women with the disease. A second study highlights the number of misdiagnoses in over 1,000 people, where just over 20% had either not been given a correct diagnosis of […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Volunteers sought to help power fight against dementia

Fundraisers in the North West of England are being sought to help form a new group to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The charity is looking for volunteers with a range of skills to help set up the group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness for the […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Smell and eye tests may detect memory decline and dementia

Problems with odour identification may predict cognitive decline There is growing evidence that problems identifying odours may be associated with cognitive decline, and therefore, may be used to predict dementia. In two studies presented today at AAIC, researchers from Columbia University used the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT), a 40-item ‘scratch and sniff’ […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Better than Fantastic t-shirts raising funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Morpeth-born artist David Richardson is releasing two limited edition t-shirts to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Richardson was approached by MotivateTee, a London-based company which believes in spreading positivity through t-shirts. His designs are part of a recently-launched initiative where designers nominate a charity of their choice and […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Family honoured for raising awareness of dementia by Alzheimer’s Research UK

A mother and her two daughters have been made Champions of Alzheimer’s Research UK in recognition of the work they do to raise awareness of dementia, after they experienced the devastating effects the condition has on a family. Liz Ayre and her two daughters Chrissi and Ciana, from Budleigh Salterton, have become prominent spokespeople for […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Study suggests dementia diagnosis may have positive impacts

Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference today suggests that people with dementia may have positive as well as negative outlooks and attitudes as a result of their diagnosis. The research at the University of Kentucky used a newly-developed test, called the Silver Lining Questionnaire, to measure people’s positive behaviours and attitudes. The study […]

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Posted on 25 Jul

Innovative project reduces antipsychotic drug use in dementia care home

In research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016, a team based in New South Wales, Australia, has shown how non-drug approaches to manage behavioural symptoms can reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs. In 2009, a study from King’s College London and funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, highlighted the long-term dangers associated with […]

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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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