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Posted on 14 Dec

UK DRI invests £1.5 million into Huntington’s disease

A progressive new research programme has just been funded by UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), in its first investment in Huntington’s disease since the Institute was established last year. The programme will be led by Professors Gillian Bates & Sarah J Tabrizi from University College London (UCL) and will look to better understand the […]

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Posted on 13 Dec

Dementia deaths in Scotland now double 2007 figures

Deaths caused by dementia continue to rise across Scotland according to provisional figures released today by National Records of Scotland. The figures show deaths caused by Alzheimer’s and other dementias increased in the third quarter of 2017 by 13.6 per cent to 861. These deaths now account for 10 per cent of all deaths, doubled […]

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Posted on 12 Dec

Essex cyclist completes 1,000-mile charity challenge in under a month

An online retail manager from Essex has become the first person to complete a charity’s 1,000-mile cycling challenge, reaching the target in less than a month. Gina Cleere, from Basildon, was inspired to take part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Cycling Down Dementia challenge because her father, Michael Elliott, has dementia. Michael, 77, was diagnosed with […]

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Posted on 11 Dec

High urea levels linked with Huntington’s disease

Scientists from New Zealand and the University of Manchester discovered a potential link between increased levels of brain urea and Huntington’s disease. Working primarily in sheep and then comparing data with human brain samples, they found increased levels of urea in brains of Huntington’s cases. Their findings are published today Monday 11 December in the […]

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Posted on 07 Dec

Hearing loss linked with increased dementia risk

Scientists led by researchers from Trinity College Dublin studied the link between age-related hearing loss and a decline in memory and thinking skills. Their work found that there was a small but significant link between loss of hearing, memory loss and risk of dementia. Their findings were published in the journal of JAMA Otolaryngology – […]

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Posted on 07 Dec

Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for global dementia commitment after WHO sounds the alarm

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling for a renewed global commitment to treating dementia following new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) released today. The figures predict the number of people living with the condition will triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050. This falls in line with data for the UK, where […]

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Posted on 06 Dec

Leading dementia charity calls on government to include condition in future Life Sciences plans

Alzheimer’s Research UK is asking the government to give more priority to dementia as plans develop to support the Life Sciences sector. The Sector Deal announced today (6 December) represents yet another step forward by government to establish the UK as a global leader in health research. However, Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia […]

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Posted on 06 Dec

Carol service set to bring festive cheer to Cambridge

Christmas cheer is set to arrive in Cambridge on 14 December with a carol service organised by the UK’s leading dementia research charity and a local care home. Taking place in St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road at 7:30pm, the service offers festive songs, mince pies and hot drinks to those who attend. The free-to-attend carol […]

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Posted on 01 Dec

YouTube stars join forces to support sparkly campaign from Alzheimer’s Research UK

Some of the biggest stars on YouTube have joined forces to fight dementia by supporting a glittery new campaign from Alzheimer’s Research UK. Mark Ferris, Emma Blackery, Jayde Pierce, Niki and Sammy Albon, Terroll Lewis and many more have helped launch the charity’s Glitterbrows campaign and are calling on their millions of followers to get […]

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Posted on 01 Dec

High BMI linked to increased risk of dementia later in life

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Body mass index and risk of dementia: Analysis of individual-level data from 1.3 million individuals A new study led by researchers at University College London shows that people with a higher body mass index (BMI) in midlife are more likely to develop dementia. The findings, based on data from 39 studies of […]

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