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Posted on 09 Jan

Wearables measuring sleep could provide Alzheimer’s opportunity

Science Translational Medicine: Reduced non-rapid eye movement sleep is associated with tau pathology in early Alzheimer’s disease Scientists in the US have found that people who experience less deep sleep have higher levels of hallmark Alzheimer’s proteins in the brain. The findings are published today (Wednesday 9 January) in the journal, Science Translation Medicine. Researchers […]

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Posted on 08 Jan

Boosting histamine helps memory recall

Biological Psychiatry: Central Histamine Boosts Perirhinal Cortex Activity and Restores Forgotten Object Memories Researchers in Japan have investigated the role of histamine in retrieving memories, finding that boosting histamine has some positive effects in both mice and people, helping them to remember objects. The study is published today (8 January) in Biological Psychiatry. Dr David […]

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Posted on 07 Jan

NHS Long Term Plan closes gaps for dementia, but challenges remain

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading research charity, is applauding steps taken in the Long Term Plan released by NHS England today to improve the lives of people with dementia. The charity is calling for future work to be dedicated to overcoming the incredible challenges dementia presents to the health care system including increasing research […]

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Posted on 02 Jan

Experimental drug shows promise in Alzheimer’s mice

Cell Reports: Rescue of Transgenic Alzheimer’s Pathophysiology by Polymeric Cellular Prion Protein Antagonists Researchers from Yale University in the US have identified an experimental drug that can block a crucial step in the Alzheimer’s disease process, showing it to improve nerve cell connections and memory function in mice with features of the disease. The study […]

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Posted on 19 Dec

Regular exercise improves thinking skills

Neurology:  Lifestyle and neurocognition in older adults with cognitive impairments. A randomized trial Researchers in the US have found that regular aerobic exercise may improve thinking skills in people with cognitive impairment but no dementia. The results are published today (19 December) in the journal Neurology. The researchers looked to see if people who take […]

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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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