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Posted on 13 Dec

Further evidence that Alzheimer’s protein amyloid could spread like prions

Nature: Transmission of amyloid-β protein pathology from cadaveric pituitary growth hormone Scientists from University College London (UCL) have presented further evidence in mice that the amyloid protein, which builds up in the brain during Alzheimer’s, can be transmitted through contaminated brain tissue extracts in a similar way to the prion protein responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease […]

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Posted on 13 Dec

Sign up to dementia research at your Virgin Money Lounge

People can now sign up to take part in groundbreaking dementia research at the Virgin Money Lounge in Glasgow. Lounges across the country are now home to Join Dementia Research kiosks, where people can register their interest to take part in research studies close to them. Join Dementia Research works like a matchmaking service, giving […]

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Posted on 12 Dec

New insights link brain injury, depression and PTSD to dementia in women

Neurology: Military- related risk factors in female veterans and risk of dementia Scientists have studied female US military veterans and found that traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are linked to an increased risk of dementia. The findings are published today (Wednesday 12 December) in the scientific journal, Neurology. The researchers […]

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Posted on 11 Dec

Engaging in brain activities doesn’t affect rate of memory decline

BMJ:  Intellectual engagement and cognitive ability in later life (the “use it or lose it” conjecture): longitudinal, prospective study Scottish researchers have found that there is no association between an individual’s engagement in stimulating brain activities and the rate cognitive decline as they get older. The results are published today (10 December) in the scientific […]

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Posted on 10 Dec

Pupils at Staffordshire primary school raise money for dementia research

Pupils at a Staffordshire primary school have embarked on a second year of fundraising for pioneering dementia research after a hugely successful first year. The school council at Ravensmead Primary School, in Bignall End, raised around £1,500 for Alzheimer’s Research UK during the last school year through a range of activities, including cake sales, non-uniform […]

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Posted on 05 Dec

Industrial Strategy funding to boost research into early detection of dementia

The government has today (5 Dec) announced up to £79 million of Industrial Strategy funding for a new programme of research that will harness the power of artificial intelligence and big data to dramatically change the way major diseases are detected, diagnosed and treated. The funding, which forms part of the government’s Life Sciences Sector […]

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Posted on 04 Dec

Scientists call for East Anglian volunteers to take part in pioneering dementia research

East Anglian researchers are seeking volunteers to take part in vital dementia research studies through the Join Dementia Research initiative. The projects hoping to shed more light on dementia include a major study looking into the links between sleep problems and genetic risk factors for the condition. Join Dementia Research is a service that allows […]

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Posted on 04 Dec

Zumtobel Announce Corporate Partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK

Zumtobel Group UK are delighted to announce they will be working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK. This partnership will play a vital role in supporting the very important work the charity does to bring about life-changing treatments for dementia, as well as engaging with employees to get them working together to raise money and […]

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Posted on 28 Nov

Basic dementia tests often get it wrong if used alone

Neurology: Clinical Practice: Predictors of dementia misclassification when using brief cognitive assessments Researchers in the UK have highlighted limitations of three cognitive tests that can be used to assess people for signs of dementia. The results of the study involving adults from the US are published today (27 November) in the scientific journal Neurology. Currently […]

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Posted on 12 Nov

Blood flow in the neck may help predict future memory problems

Presentation abstract: Carotid artery wave intensity measured in mid- to late-life predicts future cognitive decline: The Whitehall II study UK researchers have suggested that a measure of blood flow in the neck may predict the risk of future memory and thinking problems. The findings are presented today (Sunday 11 November) at the American Heart Association Scientific […]

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