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Posted on 16 Jan

Tech manager among first to complete charity’s 1,000-mile cycling challenge

A technology company senior manager and keen cyclist has smashed his 1,000-mile challenge raising money for dementia research in honour of his dad who inspired him to take up the sport. Phil Talbot, from Ludgershall in Buckinghamshire, was inspired to take part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Cycling Down Dementia challenge because his father died with […]

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Posted on 15 Jan

High levels of salt linked to memory and thinking problems in mice

Researchers in the US have found that feeding mice a high-salt diet led to memory problems that may be triggered by changes to the immune system in the gut. The findings were published today in the scientific journal, Nature Neuroscience. Despite only accounting for around 2% of body weight, the human brain requires approximately 15% […]

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Posted on 15 Jan

Call for determined volunteers to join fight against dementia in Ledbury

Passionate fundraisers in Ledbury are being asked to come forward to join a new fundraising group which has launched to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The founding members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Ledbury Fundraising Group – the charity’s first group in Herefordshire ­– have plans underway for events and […]

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Posted on 11 Jan

Curry spice holds clues to Alzheimer’s drug targets

Californian researchers have shed more light on the action of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug based on a modified component of the curry spice turmeric. The researchers from the Salk Institute, found that the drug, J147, targets cell processes in the mitochondria – an area of the cell responsible for generating the energy. The results are […]

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Posted on 08 Jan

Differences in Alzheimer’s protein could predict how fast symptoms progress

Scientists in the US have developed a new method to tease apart differences in the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid. By using these methods, the researchers have shed new light on amyloid’s structure and studied how the protein spreads through the brain in Alzheimer’s disease. The study, released today is published in the scientific journal PNAS. […]

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Posted on 08 Jan

Top dementia research charity calls on pharma to stay the course

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling for a recommitment from pharmaceutical companies to continue efforts to fund research into dementia, the leading cause of death in the UK. Recent news that Pfizer will refocus efforts away from dementia research is a reminder of one of the barriers that stands in the way of bringing about the […]

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Posted on 08 Jan

Are you feline charitable? Help create a kilometre of woollen and fabric kittens and cats for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Charitable residents at a sheltered housing scheme have come up with a purr-fect way to support dementia research. The army of crafters at Wellgreen Lodge in Hale, Greater Manchester, will knit, sew and weave kittens and cats to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. They are hoping to inspire people all over the world to […]

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Posted on 05 Jan

Researchers shed light on how Alzheimer’s processes spread through the brain

Cambridge scientists have investigated the spread of the toxic tau protein in Alzheimer’s disease and a rare brain disease called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Published in the scientific journal, BRAIN, the study suggests that there are key differences in the way the protein builds up in the two diseases, shedding new light on how both […]

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Posted on 03 Jan

Time restricted feeding diet improves symptoms of mice with features of Huntington’s disease

Researchers in the US have investigated whether a diet regime known as time restricted feeding could help prevent the onset of disease symptoms in mice with features of Huntington’s disease. Published in the scientific journal, eNeuro, the study suggests that restricting meal times to the same time each day improves sleep quality and muscle activity […]

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Posted on 03 Jan

Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Southampton

Scientists in Southampton are inviting the public to a free event on Monday 15 January, to hear more about current progress in dementia research. The meeting will involve 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 Network Centre, a […]

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