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Disrupted sleep – a cause or consequence of Alzheimer’s?

It’s important to get enough sleep to stay healthy and feel well rested. We’ve all experienced a bad night’s sleep and probably know that it can have an impact on our memory and thinking skills in the short term. But could sleep problems have a long-term effect on the brain?

MPs call for more investment in dementia research

Our Campaigners did a brilliant job of encouraging their MPs to get on board. We spoke with MPs beforehand about the importance of investing in research to bring about life-changing new treatments for dementia.

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‘Every day, every hour and every second with Mum is different’ Shobna Gulati

Looking back now the early changes were so marginal and so easy to put down to other things – tiredness, stress. You could always find an explanation.

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Talking about dementia in South Asian communities

Awareness and understanding of dementia in BAME communities is also lower than in the UK population as a whole. Some South Asian languages don’t have a word for dementia, and this can lead to myths about what causes it.

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From taxi driver to professional carer: I’m so proud of Dad for new career after caring for Mum

I watched Dad lose the love of his life in one of the cruellest ways imaginable. Anyone who has been through the process of watching someone they love be diagnosed with and then eventually die of Alzheimer’s disease will know what I mean when I say that the grieving process starts years ahead of their eventual death.

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The fathers of the brain

Around Father’s Day, many people across the country will be thanking their fathers for the support, love and very likely financial assistance they have given them throughout their lives. The relationship a father, or any individual, has with a child they care for is dynamic and complex. When we are young, fathers can help to support us in learning new skills, teach us how to eat and very often clean our mess up when we have made it. I have recently become a father and know how much time and energy these activities can take!

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Our petition at No. 10 – thanks to you!

This year you helped us achieve an incredible feat – almost 35,000 signatures asking for more funding for dementia research.

2019 Alzheimer’s Research UK Supporter Survey

Let’s play 20 questions. Well 22. Because in fewer than two dozen questions, we’re aiming to find out as much as we can about what motivates you, and thousands of others like you, to support our work at Alzheimer’s Research UK.

My nan and dementia

I’ve sat down to write about my grandmother several times over the last few months, and each time I’m unsure what to say.

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How can a mobile game help detect Alzheimer’s risk?

But what is Sea Hero Quest? And how can this game spot those at risk of Alzheimer’s?

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Volunteering for dementia research

This is the fun and fascinating world of dementia research.

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Rare genetic discoveries driving breakthroughs for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s

Through your support, you have helped to support Dr Wray throughout her career, allowing her to build her expertise, grow her team and emerge as one of the top young scientists working in an exciting area of dementia research.

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Marathons not for you? Then support dementia research while you DIY this Easter

When it comes to fundraising for a charity like Alzheimer’s Research UK, there are some tried and tested ideas that always come to mind. These might be gruelling marathons, daring skydives or even delicious bake sales.

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What can mad cow disease tell us about dementia?

Dr Jason Sang revealed fascinating insights on how we can learn from the science behind diseases like Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans, or BSE in cattle (also known as mad cow disease), to make progress in tackling the diseases that cause dementia.

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7 things we learnt at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Conference

Earlier this month, the Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Research Conference took place in Harrogate. More than 500 delegates came together to share ideas and new findings. But what did we learn from the presentations and discussions?

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In the news: Alzheimer’s drug trial set back

We’re disappointed that Biogen AND Eisai have stopped two phase III trials of Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab. But we’re encouraged by the growing number of new avenues being explored by researchers across the world. Their work has never been more important.

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Does Down’s syndrome hold the key to cracking Alzheimer’s?

It can come as a surprise to know that having Down’s syndrome puts people at much higher risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, the genetic rearrangement that causes Down’s syndrome is one of the greatest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s.

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How the Dementia Access Taskforce is breaking through barriers for future treatments

The first-of-its-kind partnership brings together charities, researchers, pharmaceutical companies, government and people impacted by dementia. The group works to ensure early and accurate diagnosis is available and to prepare so future treatments reach people quickly.

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2 quick and easy ways to ask government to fund more dementia research

But breakthroughs in dementia research can and will change lives, and increased funding from government can help make it possible.

A partner with dementia

The years after my husband’s vascular dementia diagnosis were very difficult for us both. But as time has gone on I have found several things that have improved matters, both for him and for me as his partner. I would like to share some of my tips, in the hope that, although they are very much simply my personal rules for coping with my own situation, others may also find some of them useful.

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A closer look at a cannabis-based treatment in Alzheimer’s disease.

Thanks to your support, we are now able to fund a new clinical trial to explore whether a cannabis-based treatment could help.

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Shining a light on the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research

Today we’re launching our Dementia Attitudes Monitor Report – an in-depth analysis of the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research.

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Scientist Focus: Rebecca Gabriele

We caught up with Rebecca Gabriele, a second year PhD student at King’s College London, who explained how her own experience of dementia motivates her every day.

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The five major political issues facing dementia research in 2019

From Brexit to green papers and a long-term plan for NHS England, this year offers opportunities for the government to score some big wins for dementia research.

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The global research landscape 2018: hopes and highlights

Our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr David Reynolds looks back at key milestones in dementia research in 2018.