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Posted on 01 Jan

Experimental diabetes drug may improve Alzheimer’s signs in mice

Researchers in China and the UK have tested an experimental diabetes treatment on mice with features of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published today in the journal Brain Research, indicates that the drug may have improved certain aspects of memory and thinking ability and limited brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s. There is a well-established link between […]

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Posted on 22 Dec

Derry woman honours dad with ‘glitterbrows’ challenge for dementia research

A Derry woman will be decorating her eyebrows with glitter this festive season to help raise funds for dementia research in honour of her dad, who is living with a rare form of the condition. Grainne McGowan will be donning her ‘glitterbrows’ in Metro Bar in Derry, where she works, from 26 December to 1 […]

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Posted on 20 Dec

Leafy green vegetables linked to slower decline in memory and thinking skills

Researchers in the US have found that eating approximately one serving per day of green, leafy, vegetables, was linked to slower decline in thinking ability. The findings are published today in the scientific journal Neurology. Researchers surveyed 960 participants between the ages of 58 and 99, who filled in a detailed questionnaire about their diet. […]

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Posted on 20 Dec

Immune system in the brain contributes to Alzheimer’s

Researchers in Germany have scrutinized the molecular interplay between the immune system in the brain and the build-up of the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid. They found that the activation of the immune system in the brain contributes to the build up of amyloid protein, suggesting this could be tackled by potential new Alzheimer’s treatments. The […]

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Posted on 20 Dec

Walderslade retirement group raises £400 for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Walderslade Active Retirement Association – called WaldARA for short – has donated £400 to Alzheimer’s Research UK to help fund vital dementia research. The group, which encourages people over 50 in the Medway area to have an active retirement, raised the money from member donations over the course of the year. The cheque was presented […]

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Posted on 19 Dec

Family to ‘Run for Roy’ to raise money for dementia research

The family and friends of a retired vicar who has dementia will be running at 11 parkruns in the UK and overseas on Saturday morning (December 23) to raise money for research into the condition. Around 40 people, including Roy Davies’ sons Martin and Hugh, daughters Hilary and Meryl and seven grandchildren, will all be […]

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Posted on 18 Dec

Ginkgo biloba trialled as stroke treatment

Researchers in China have suggested that a supplement derived from the ginkgo biloba tree may help improve the recovery of thinking and memory abilities following a stroke. Their findings are published today in the journal Stroke and Vascular Neurology. The effects of a stroke can vary widely from person to person. People may experience a […]

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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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