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Posted on 02 Mar

King’s College Boat Club’s 24-hour ‘ergathon’ challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK

On Saturday 7 March, King’s College Boat Club will be swapping the water for dry land when they begin a 24-hour ergathon challenge to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK – the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Three ergs (an indoor rowing machine which measures the amount of energy the rower is using) will be […]

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Posted on 02 Mar

Study reveals hallmark Alzheimer’s protein in young adult brains

Researchers in the US have found that small amounts of a hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid, may be present inside some brain cells in healthy younger adults. The study is published on Monday 2 March in the journal Brain. In Alzheimer’s, a protein called amyloid changes shape, forming toxic fragments. These fragments of amyloid begin to […]

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Posted on 27 Feb

Figures show dementia is leading cause of death for women over 80

A new analysis by the Office of National Statistics shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are the leading cause of death for women over 80. The figures also show that the condition is the second biggest killer of men over 80. The analysis of deaths in England and Wales shows that in 2012, 165,737 women […]

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Posted on 25 Feb

Skin biopsies may help detect and study Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers in Mexico have suggested that skin biopsies may be useful for helping detect Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The preliminary findings are presented at the American Academy of Neurology 67th Annual Meeting this week. Doctors from Central Hospital at the University of San Luis Potosi recruited 20 people with Alzheimer’s, 16 people with Parkinson’s, […]

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Posted on 24 Feb

Groundbreaking new national service empowers public to take part in vital dementia research

A nationwide online and telephone service that helps people to take part in dementia research studies launches today. Join Dementia Research promises to accelerate the pace of dementia research by allowing people with and without dementia to register their interest in studies, helping researchers find the right participants at the right time. This new initiative […]

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Posted on 23 Feb

Julianne Moore lands Oscar for portrayal of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice

US actor Julianne Moore has lived up to expectations by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in the drama Still Alice. Her portrayal of Dr Alice Howland, a 50-year-old academic who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, has garnered a clutch of prizes during the film awards season, culminating with the coveted Oscar. The performance […]

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Posted on 23 Feb

UKIP pledge increase in funding for dementia research

A pledge from UKIP to increase dementia research funding is reported in the news today, with the party announcing it would invest £650m over the lifetime of the next parliament. The plans are due to be outlined today as part of a package of health policies. Hilary Evans, Charity Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the […]

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Posted on 21 Feb

Alzheimer’s Research UK welcomes Prime Minister’s new five-year strategy to fight dementia

The Prime Minster, David Cameron, will announce today (21 Feb) a strategy to help combat dementia over the next five years, with measures to boost research, improve care and increase public awareness of dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to have launched a number of key strategic initiatives that will have a significant impact on […]

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Posted on 17 Feb

Report calls for global action on dementia

A new report from the World Innovation Health Summit Dementia Forum 2015 has called for concerted action to tackle the global rise in dementia. The report, published today, outlines eight recommendations to help fight the condition, including taking action to reduce barriers to drug development, and measures to attract new investment for dementia research. Hilary […]

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Posted on 16 Feb

New anti-inflammatory molecule could hold promise for Alzheimer’s

Research led by scientists at Trinity College Dublin has identified a protein called NLRP3 which plays a role in inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS). The researchers have developed a compound that can block the action of NLRP3 and shown that it can reduce the severity of disease in a […]

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