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Posted on 16 Aug

Dementia charity calls for life-saving messaging to remain in NHS Health Checks

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling on government to continue including dementia risk reduction messaging in NHS Health Checks. The appeal comes after the Department of Health and Social Care today announced it would take steps to personalise Health Checks based on age, where they live and genetics. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s landmark Dementia Attitudes Monitor shows […]

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Posted on 14 Aug

Intensive blood pressure treatment limits dementia-related brain changes

JAMA: Association of Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control With Cerebral White Matter Lesions Research from the US-based SPRINT MIND study has revealed that intensive control of blood pressure reduces the risk of brain changes associated with dementia. The findings are published today (Tuesday 13 August) in the scientific journal JAMA. The new findings come […]

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Posted on 13 Aug

Alzheimer’s damages parts of the brain that make us feel awake

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Profound degeneration of wake-promoting neurons in Alzheimer’s disease Researchers in California have found evidence for the accumulation of tau in brain regions associated with waking up. Their findings are published today (Tuesday 12 August) in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK said: […]

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Posted on 12 Aug

AstronauTx secures £6.5 million investment for new approach to dementia therapeutics

First company created from Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Drug Discovery Alliance David Cameron welcomes new UK investment from Dementia Discovery Fund A new UK-based biotech company, AstronauTx Ltd, which builds on the work from the Alzheimer’s Research UK UCL Drug Discovery Institute (DDI), has received an investment of £6.5 million from the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF). […]

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Posted on 08 Aug

£250m in AI could help improve diagnosis for people with dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK is today welcoming news from the Department of Health and Social Care that £250m will be invested toward artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis for major health conditions, like Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause dementia. Dementia remains the leading cause of death across the UK and data this year has shown record […]

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Posted on 07 Aug

Runner takes on 30 marathons in 30 days challenge in honour of father who died with Alzheimer’s in war-torn Syria

Experiencing a loved one decline with dementia is heartbreaking for anyone. But for Fawaz Ghali it was particularly difficult as his dad was living in a war zone and he was unable to see him in the last five years of his life. Fawaz, who lives in Liverpool, moved to the UK from Syria in […]

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Posted on 06 Aug

New stats show dementia causes 1 in 8 deaths in England and Wales

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling on the Prime Minister to back worldwide commitments to invest in more dementia research as new data out today shows deaths due to the condition continue to rise. According to the Office of National Statistics, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias remain the leading cause of death in England and Wales […]

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Posted on 05 Aug

Over 20,000 research participants recruited through Join Dementia Research

Figures released today (Monday 5 August 2019) show that over 20,000 people have taken part in vital research studies thanks to Join Dementia Research. The innovative UK-wide service, run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, allows anyone to register their interest in […]

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Posted on 05 Aug

Social activity in 60’s linked to lower dementia risk

PLOS Medicine: Association of social contact with dementia and cognition: 28-year follow-up of the Whitehall II cohort study. Research from UCL has revealed that the more frequent social interactions a person has with friends when in their 60s, the lower their risk of dementia. The findings are published today (2 August) in the journal PLOS […]

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Posted on 02 Aug

Blood test for amyloid shows promise in Alzheimer’s disease

US-based researchers have found their blood test measuring amyloid accurately predicts the amount of the protein seen in the brain on brain scans. Their findings are published today (Thursday 1 August 2019) in the scientific journal Neurology. Amyloid is known to build-up in the brain during Alzheimer’s, creating sticky clumps in the brain that are […]

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