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Posted on 16 Jan

Herefordshire volunteers needed to help power fight against dementia

The UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK, is seeking fundraisers and volunteers across Herefordshire to support its important work in the region. The charity is looking for people to help form new fundraising groups to raise vital funds and awareness about dementia. Members can get involved in a variety of ways, such as […]

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Posted on 10 Jan

Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Southampton

Scientists in Southampton are inviting the public to a free event on Wednesday 1 February, to hear more about current progress in dementia research. The meeting will involve a series of talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the condition. The event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast […]

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Posted on 09 Jan

Belvoir staff cover over 1,000 miles to support Alzheimer’s Research UK

Staff at the Belvoir central office in Grantham have completed an incredible 1,100 miles to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The 34-strong team have covered the distance with a mixture of running, cycling and rowing. And they’ve done it without even leaving Lincolnshire – using gym equipment in […]

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Posted on 06 Jan

“It breaks my heart.” Family speak of anguish after mum-of-two is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at just 36

A mother has spoken of the agony of seeing her daughter become bedbound in a care home and unable to recognise her family because of a rare genetic form of Alzheimer’s she developed in her 30s. Rita Pepper, 61, has become the sole carer of her two grandchildren and is bringing them up while still […]

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Posted on 04 Jan

Living near a major road may increase dementia risk

The Lancet: Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study A study by researchers in Canada has found that those who live near a major road may also have a higher risk of dementia. The research is published on 4 January in the journal The […]

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Posted on 04 Jan

Mediterranean diet linked to reduced brain shrinkage in old age

Neurology: Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 76 years in a Scottish cohort A new study led by researchers in Scotland has found that older people who ate a Mediterranean-type diet went on to experience less brain shrinkage than those who ate other types of food. The research is published online on […]

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Posted on 21 Dec

94-year-old dresses up as Father Christmas for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A Saffron Walden grandad determined to still have fun at 94 has raised hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer’s Research UK after dressing up as Father Christmas. Stanley Bennett, with the help of his son Ron, was spotted spreading some festive cheer at his local Tesco in Saffron Walden on 12 December, raising over £200 for […]

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Posted on 19 Dec

British scientists explore drug target against neurodegeneration in mice

The Journal of Clinical Investigation: M1 muscarinic allosteric modulators slow prion neurodegeneration and restore memory loss. A team of researchers from the UK, US and Australia has discovered that chemicals to mimic the action of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine could restore memory loss and prolong life in mice bred to develop a progressive neurodegenerative […]

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Posted on 14 Dec

Protein in urine linked to higher risk of dementia

A research study has revealed that protein found in the urine of people with kidney problems may indicate a higher risk of decline in memory and thinking skills or dementia. The research is published on 14 December in the journal Neurology. Researchers at Maastricht University led a meta-analysis of 11 studies where tests of kidney […]

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Posted on 14 Dec

Study reveals timeline of Alzheimer’s brain changes

Science and Translational Medicine: Early changes in CSF sTREM2 in dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease occur after amyloid deposition and neuronal injury A study led by researchers in Germany has shed more light on the sequence of biological changes that precedes the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The team found that signs of inflammation can be detected […]

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