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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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Posted on 19 Jul

Chesterfield runner completes 250km and becomes top fundraiser for Running Down Dementia

A keen runner from Chesterfield has completed 250km over the last month and raised an impressive sum for Alzheimer’s Research UK, after his mum was diagnosed with dementia. This feat has made Andy Morris the top fundraiser for Running Down Dementia, a challenge where participants aim to run 100km over the summer and raise £100 […]

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Posted on 19 Jul

Determined campaigner Philip Grant made Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Father-of-two Philip Grant has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK for his continued support of the charity as a speaker and campaigner for dementia research. This accolade recognises Philip’s exceptional support as a dedicated spokesperson for the charity since he came on board as a media volunteer in December 2014. He has contributed […]

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Posted on 19 Jul

Number of Alzheimer’s clinical trials almost doubles in 3 years – Volunteers needed for innovative dementia trials opening in the UK

According to latest figures, the number of drug trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease across the globe has almost doubled since 2013. In the UK, there are now 19 drug studies investigating potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, testing treatments that aim to be the first to slow or stop the progression of the […]

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Posted on 18 Jul

Two friends plan adventure across Europe in a 44-year-old Mini for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Two friends from Woodbridge, Suffolk, are to travel across eight countries in Europe in a Mini which is older than they are. Jo Travers, 33, and Jan Davies, 35, who work together at a veterinary practice, decided they wanted to do something “completely different” to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Adventurous Jan had always […]

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Posted on 18 Jul

Local MP visits Bath University to see pioneering dementia research

 Ben Howlett, MP for Bath, witnessed first-hand the ways a collaboration between Alzheimer’s Research UK and the University of Bath are leading the fight against dementia when he visited a lab on Friday 15 July. Mr Howlett toured the labs of dementia researchers Dr Julien Licchesi and Dr Rob Williams, and learned about projects which […]

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