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Posted on 20 Sep

New global dementia perceptions report shows stigma still rife

Alzheimer’s Disease International, have published the ‘World Alzheimer Report 2019, a global analysis that suggests that as many two in three people across the world still think of the condition as normal ageing. Tim Parry, Director of Communications at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We welcome this important report that shines a light on global perceptions […]

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Posted on 05 Sep

Body’s ageing process accelerated by DNA changes, study suggests

DNA changes throughout a person’s life can significantly increase their susceptibility to heart conditions and other age-related diseases, research suggests. The work by Alzheimer’s Research UK is published in Current Biology. Such alterations – known as somatic mutations – can impact the way blood stem cells work and are associated with blood cancers and other […]

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Posted on 05 Sep

Brain scans reveal tau tangles present after serious blow to the head

Science Translational Medicine: In vivo detection of cerebral tau pathology in long-term survivors of traumatic brain injury A UK team of researchers including scientists from the UK Dementia Research Institute have revealed that the tau protein is increased in people who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The findings are published today (Wednesday 4 September) […]

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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 14 Aug

Intensive blood pressure treatment limits dementia-related brain changes

JAMA: Association of Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control With Cerebral White Matter Lesions Research from the US-based SPRINT MIND study has revealed that intensive control of blood pressure reduces the risk of brain changes associated with dementia. The findings are published today (Tuesday 13 August) in the scientific journal JAMA. The new findings come […]

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Posted on 13 Aug

Alzheimer’s damages parts of the brain that make us feel awake

Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Profound degeneration of wake-promoting neurons in Alzheimer’s disease Researchers in California have found evidence for the accumulation of tau in brain regions associated with waking up. Their findings are published today (Tuesday 12 August) in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK said: […]

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Posted on 12 Aug

AstronauTx secures £6.5 million investment for new approach to dementia therapeutics

First company created from Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Drug Discovery Alliance David Cameron welcomes new UK investment from Dementia Discovery Fund A new UK-based biotech company, AstronauTx Ltd, which builds on the work from the Alzheimer’s Research UK UCL Drug Discovery Institute (DDI), has received an investment of £6.5 million from the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF). […]

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Posted on 08 Aug

£250m in AI could help improve diagnosis for people with dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK is today welcoming news from the Department of Health and Social Care that £250m will be invested toward artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis for major health conditions, like Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause dementia. Dementia remains the leading cause of death across the UK and data this year has shown record […]

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Posted on 05 Aug

Over 20,000 research participants recruited through Join Dementia Research

Figures released today (Monday 5 August 2019) show that over 20,000 people have taken part in vital research studies thanks to Join Dementia Research. The innovative UK-wide service, run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, allows anyone to register their interest in […]

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Posted on 05 Aug

Social activity in 60’s linked to lower dementia risk

PLOS Medicine: Association of social contact with dementia and cognition: 28-year follow-up of the Whitehall II cohort study. Research from UCL has revealed that the more frequent social interactions a person has with friends when in their 60s, the lower their risk of dementia. The findings are published today (2 August) in the journal PLOS […]

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