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Posted on 27 Feb

Re-formed World Dementia Council agrees priorities for improving research

The World Dementia Council, formed in the wake of the G8 dementia summit to help address the global dementia crisis, has welcomed new members and agreed priorities for action at a meeting in London this week. The re-formed Council, which was originally set up by the UK government, has now become an independent body tasked […]

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Posted on 24 Feb

People with dementia urged to consider volunteering for research studies

People affected by dementia, particularly those in the early stages of the condition, are being urged to consider volunteering for research, to help vital new studies get off the ground. The call comes exactly one year on from the launch of a groundbreaking new service – Join Dementia Research – which allows people with and […]

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Posted on 12 Feb

Cancer drug could halt build-up of toxic Alzheimer’s protein

Science Advances: An anti-cancer drug suppresses the primary nucleation reaction that produces the toxic Aβ42 aggregates linked with Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at the University of Cambridge have identified a cancer drug that could halt the build-up of amyloid – a toxic hallmark protein in Alzheimer’s disease. The research was carried out in nerve cells and […]

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Posted on 10 Feb

Midlife fitness linked to brain volume two decades later

Neurology: Midlife exercise blood pressure, heart rate, and fitness related to brain volume 2 decades later. A US study of over 1,000 healthy people has linked markers of poorer physical fitness in midlife with a smaller brain volume almost two decades later. The findings are published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday 10 February 2015. […]

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Posted on 09 Feb

Basingstoke Mother and daughter take on London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Jan Cridland, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon with her daughter this April to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Jan, 59, who has worked at HSBC in Basingstoke for 40 years, decided to run the race in memory of her father, Derek Hill. He passed away […]

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Posted on 03 Feb

Head injury link to Alzheimer’s brain changes

Neurology: Amyloid pathology and axonal injury after brain trauma Researchers in London have found evidence of a hallmark Alzheimer’s disease protein building up in the brains of middle-aged people with brain injuries. The study is published on Wednesday 3 February in the journal Neurology. The study was carried out by a team at Imperial College […]

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Posted on 02 Feb

Seafood consumption linked to lower levels of Alzheimer’s hallmark features

JAMA: Association of seafood consumption, brain mercury level and APOEɛ4 status with brain neuropathology in older adults A team of scientists in the US has found a link between seafood consumption and lower levels of Alzheimer’s-related features in the brains of people carrying a genetic risk factor of the disease. The research was published in […]

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Posted on 01 Feb

Study links weight changes and risk of memory problems

JAMA Neurology: Decline in Weight and Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment Researchers in the US have found that weight loss after middle age may be linked to an increased risk of memory and thinking problems in later life. The study is published on Monday 1 February in the journal JAMA Neurology. The study, run by researchers at the […]

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Posted on 28 Jan

Brain growth factor linked to slower cognitive decline

Neurology: Higher brain BDNF gene expression is associated with slower cognitive decline in older adult Researchers in the US have found an association between the BDNF gene and a slower rate of cognitive decline in people with dementia. The research was published in the journal Neurology on 27 January 2016. The researchers followed 535 volunteers […]

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Posted on 27 Jan

Norfolk firefighter to run Cambridge Half Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A quantity surveyor and firefighter from Norfolk is running the Cambridge Half Marathon to raise £250 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Adam Sheward is taking on the challenge for his 82-year-old grandad Jim who was diagnosed with vascular dementia nearly five years ago. He is also running for his fiancée Georgie whose grandad is living with […]

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