Dementia risk factors
TREM2, discovered by Dr Rita Guerreiro in 2012, is a gene that codes for a protein produced by microglia – the brain’s immune defence cells.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has joined the UK Health Forum to look for ways of reducing the risk of dementia through different lifestyle factors.
In the news today are reports of a study from the University of Cambridge suggesting a third of cases of Alzheimer’s could be prevented.
This week has seen several reports in the news about concussion in sport and dementia. Dr Laura Phipps looks at the scientific evidence behind the risks.
Can what we eat affect our chances of developing dementia? Alison Cranage looks at the evidence.
It often comes as a surprise to people that there’s a link between Down’s syndrome and dementia. But more than 60% of people with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – before the age of 60. With our help, scientists are unravelling why.
Dr Fiona Matthews announced findings from the UK-based multicentre study at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 in Boston this July, showing that the estimated number of people with dementia in the UK should be lowered from previous predictions.