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UK health system must get ready for new Alzheimer’s treatments

Scientific breakthroughs are on the horizon but there are big challenges to overcome if people with dementia are to receive new treatments when they become available.

All you need to know about brain scans and dementia

CT, MRI, fMRI, EEG and SPECT are all ways that doctors and scientists image the brain, but what do these letters mean, how do they work, and what do they show?

United: Caring for our loved ones living with dementia

A new book – United – is a poignant glimpse at lives affected by dementia across the country. Each family story, while revolving around a common diagnosis, reveals the unique and affecting ways dementia unfolds.

Why women are bearing more of the impact of dementia

As the leading cause of death for UK women since 2011, women are hit hard by dementia. We’re kick-starting a conversation about how to tackle the challenge.

The science behind staying sharp

Staying sharp is one of our three simple rules for better brain health, but what does this mean in practice?

Head impacts and brain health: progress and potential

Head impacts and concussion in sport is increasingly being linked to the development of later life brain problems. What progress is being made in research?

Amyloid: 30 years of a breakthrough theory

30 years ago Prof John Hardy set out the amyloid cascade hypothesis, giving the foundation for our current understanding of Alzheimer’s.

Air pollution and brain health, is it all smoke and mirrors?

You may have read news stories about a link between air pollution and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. But what’s the nature of this link?

Capital gains! My epic London running challenge in honour of my mum

Fundraiser Melissa Williams who claims she ‘isn’t a runner but just enjoys running’ is taking on an endurance challenge with a difference. She is running 126km in London over three days in honour of her mum Wendy who is living with young onset Alzheimer’s.

Our open letter to the Prime Minister

We call on the government to convene a Dementia Medicines Taskforce to speed up the development of life-changing new dementia treatments.

Becoming a mum has made me appreciate the love my mum has for me

Supporter Emily Allen explains how becoming a mum herself has made her appreciate the love her mum has for her even though she can no longer express it.

6 highlights from the 2022 Alzheimer’s Research UK conference

The UK’s largest dementia research conference returns. Read about 6 highlights including Think Gut Health, diet and Scott Mitchell’s speech.

My dad could see things despite being blind

Following the launch of animated film Another Presence, Ellen McIntosh shares her family’s experience of dementia with Lewy bodies and how hallucinations became part of everyday life for her dad who lived with the condition.

Think Gut Health?

So how can the gut have far reaching effects on our body and health, and even affect processes in the brain?

Making the case for treatments for agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Treatments to slow down or prevent the diseases that cause dementia are crucial if we are to successfully tackle this major global health challenge, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to fulfilling this ambition.

A great start to 2022

Six reasons why we are optimistic about 2022, including research highlights, Think Brain Health and the upcoming research conference

How quitting smoking could be the next step you take for better brain health

If you smoke and have thought about quitting, or you’re just interested in learning about the science behind smoking and dementia, this is the post for you.

The lasting impact of a missed opportunity for dementia research funding

It’s two years since the government promised to double dementia research funding to £160 million a year – a commitment that is yet to be delivered. Early career dementia researcher Ashling Gibling argues that this funding is essential to find new, life-changing treatments.

The Health Secretary’s vision for cancer could be a blueprint for tackling dementia

With dementia overtaking COVID-19 as the country’s leading cause of death, we need ambition and investment in research.

‘Find your tribe’ – Anneka’s brain health challenge

TV star and broadcaster Anneka Rice tells us why looking after her brain health is such an important part of her life after caring for both her parents with dementia, and why it’s good to terrify yourself sometimes.

How does your hearing affect dementia risk?

In 2020, a study reviewing risk factors for dementia suggested people with unaddressed midlife hearing loss may be up to five times more likely to have the condition than those without hearing loss.

Why physical exercise is important to me: Hat’s story

As Alzheimer’s Research UK’s work gets underway to explore the links between sport and dementia risk, Hat Hewitt explores the positive impact sport and exercise has had not only on her life but also her mum’s, following her mum’s dementia diagnosis.

Dreaming of a world without dementia: all you need to know about sleep and dementia

Getting a good night’s sleep can help us feel sharper and healthier, but the links between sleep and dementia are complex. In this post we explore the latest research.

Aducanumab: Where do we go from here?

Today a key committee for the EU drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has announced that it has recommended refusing a licence for the Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. We know today’s announcement will come as bitterly disappointing news for people with Alzheimer’s and their families, many of whom have been waiting for the outcome of this announcement for some…

Remembering Mormor

I’ve been working for Royal Mail for five years, and this year I started in the newly formed Strategic Business Development team. During World Alzheimer’s Month in September, Royal Mail supported Alzheimer’s Research UK by opening their Think Brain Health e-learning to employees. Through this, I discovered that one in two people will know someone…