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Posted on 20 Aug

Lifelong study links early blood pressure change to poorer brain health

Research involving participants of Britain’s oldest running birth cohort study has revealed that changes in blood pressure in those as young as 36 are linked to markers of poorer brain health in later life. The findings from the Insight 46 study are published today (20 August) in the journal Lancet Neurology. Insight 46 is a […]

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Posted on 07 Aug

Runner takes on 30 marathons in 30 days challenge in honour of father who died with Alzheimer’s in war-torn Syria

Experiencing a loved one decline with dementia is heartbreaking for anyone. But for Fawaz Ghali it was particularly difficult as his dad was living in a war zone and he was unable to see him in the last five years of his life. Fawaz, who lives in Liverpool, moved to the UK from Syria in […]

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Posted on 02 Aug

Blood test for amyloid shows promise in Alzheimer’s disease

US-based researchers have found their blood test measuring amyloid accurately predicts the amount of the protein seen in the brain on brain scans. Their findings are published today (Thursday 1 August 2019) in the scientific journal Neurology. Amyloid is known to build-up in the brain during Alzheimer’s, creating sticky clumps in the brain that are […]

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Posted on 16 Jul

Fresh insight into sex differences in dementia risk

Link between paid employment and slower age-related memory decline Over the past century, patterns of employment, marriage and parenthood have changed drastically for women across the Western World. In a study presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association Internal Conference 2019, researchers have explored how differences in life experiences affect later life memory decline. A team […]

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Posted on 15 Jul

Living a healthy lifestyle reduces dementia risk, regardless of genetics

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that living a healthy lifestyle could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, regardless of a person’s genetic predisposition. . The findings are published today (Sunday 14 July) in the Journal JAMA and have been presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 in Los Angeles. The team […]

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Posted on 03 Jul

Virtual choir releases song to power groundbreaking dementia research

A global virtual choir has released an emotional fundraising song to raise funds for pioneering dementia research, inspired by a Huddersfield family’s experience of the condition. The APEX Team’s cover of Avril Lavigne’s Keep Holding On will raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, with the song launched just days after choir member Laurenna Eyre lost […]

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Posted on 18 Jun

New £3 million drug discovery programme for psychiatric symptoms in dementia

Medicines Discovery Catapult, MQ: Transforming mental health and Alzheimer’s Research UK, announce strategic collaboration to create drug discovery Psychiatry Consortium to address unmet patient needs Today (18 June) Medicines Discovery Catapult, MQ: Transforming mental health and Alzheimer’s Research UK announce an innovative drug discovery consortium with industry, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The consortium will focus on identifying and validating novel […]

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Posted on 17 Jun

Blood pressure drug increases blood flow in brains of people with Alzheimer’s

Blood pressure drug increases blood flow in brains of people with Alzheimer’s Hypertension: Effects of Nilvadipine on cerebral blood flow in patients with Alzheimer’s disease Researchers in America have shown that nilvadipine, a drug used to treat high blood pressure, can increase blood flow in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings are […]

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Posted on 11 Jun

Charity launches immersive VR dementia training

A new training resource, launched today (11 June) by Alzheimer’s Research UK and Bournemouth University, uses virtual reality to help healthcare professionals improve their understanding of the symptoms and challenges of dementia, and to help them develop enhanced relationships with people with the condition. The project was generously supported by Legal & General. The Lived […]

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Posted on 30 Apr

New dementia classification for disease with Alzheimer’s like symptoms

Brain: Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE): consensus working group report. Researchers in the US have reviewed the latest evidence that a protein TDP-43 is implicated in a new disease process called Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE). The findings are published today (Tuesday 30 April) in the scientific journal, Brain. Dementia is a complex condition caused […]

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