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Posted on 13 Oct

Call for determined volunteers to join fight against dementia in Leeds

Passionate fundraisers in Leeds are being asked to come forward to join a new fundraising group which has launched to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The founding members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Leeds Fundraising Group held their first event last Friday, raising more than £400 with a collection at […]

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Posted on 12 Oct

Menopause linked to changes in brain energy use

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Arizona Health Sciences have found that women’s brains use less energy during the menopause. The reduction in energy use by the brain was found to be similar to that seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease in a previous small study. The results of the work were […]

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Posted on 12 Oct

Dementia one of society’s ‘burning injustices’ as deaths from the condition increase

Dementia is one of society’s most ‘burning injustices’ according to Alzheimer’s Research UK, as new figures have revealed that dementia is now the biggest cause of death in Great Britain. The UK’s leading dementia research charity is now calling for urgent action to defeat the condition – and has underlined the need for significant investment […]

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Posted on 12 Oct

First-time runner in half marathon effort for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A novice runner from Market Harborough is celebrating after completing his first ever half marathon, raising nearly £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in the process. Tony Brown, Installations Director at Wickes, took on the challenge with his wife Nikki – who didn’t let illness stop her crossing the finish line at the Glasgow Half Marathon […]

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Posted on 12 Oct

‘Dementia Hotspots’ maps reveal scale of condition across the UK

The areas hardest hit by dementia in the UK have been revealed in two interactive maps launched by Alzheimer’s Research UK – with coastal areas in the south being some of the worst affected. Currently, there are 850,000 people in the UK living with the dementia and this number is set to soar to one […]

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Posted on 11 Oct

Call for determined volunteers to join fight against dementia in Birmingham

Fundraisers in Birmingham are being asked to come forward to join a new fundraising group which launched this week to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The founding members of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first Birmingham fundraising group have plans well underway for their first events and are looking for new members […]

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Posted on 10 Oct

TREM2 gene carries benefits as well as risks in Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have studied the role of the Alzheimer’s risk gene TREM2, finding surprising evidence that the gene could also be protective against damage caused by tau tangles – a key hallmark of the disease. The results are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. […]

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Posted on 10 Oct

Mount Fuji climb to spare other families from the heartbreak of dementia

Investing in dementia research is ‘worth every single penny’, according to a Bearsden resident who in September climbed Mount Fuji in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK – after seeing his mother’s devastating battle with the condition. Ken Wright, 47, Head of Broker Development at AXA Insurance, was joined by his brother Gary Wright, and two […]

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Posted on 09 Oct

LSD1 gene linked to Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia

Researchers in the US have found that a protein called Lysine specific histone demethylase (LSD1) could protect against neurodegeneration in mice, and suggest that its function could be compromised in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The results of the study are published today in Nature Communications. LSD1 is a protein known to be critical […]

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Posted on 04 Oct

High blood pressure in women linked to increased dementia risk

Researchers in the US have found that women who have high blood pressure in their 40s may have an increased risk of developing dementia. The study, published today in the journal Neurology didn’t find any link between blood pressure and dementia risk in men. High blood pressure or hypertension in mid-life is a known risk […]

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