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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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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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