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Posted on 12 Nov

Blood flow in the neck may help predict future memory problems

Presentation abstract: Carotid artery wave intensity measured in mid- to late-life predicts future cognitive decline: The Whitehall II study UK researchers have suggested that a measure of blood flow in the neck may predict the risk of future memory and thinking problems. The findings are presented today (Sunday 11 November) at the American Heart Association Scientific […]

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Posted on 06 Nov

Artificial intelligence algorithm aids earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Radiology: A Deep Learning Model to Predict a Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease by Using 18F-FDG PET of the Brain Scientists from the University of California have used a deep learning algorithm alongside sophisticated positron emission tomography (PET) scans to help identify people with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), on average of 76 months […]

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Posted on 01 Nov

Anti-diabetic medication linked to fewer abnormal brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease

PLOS One: Endothelial and insulin receptor signalling pathways in Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes Researchers in the US have found that people with Alzheimer’s disease who had also been treated with antidiabetic medication, have fewer signs of abnormal gene activity in an area of the brain involved in memory. The findings are published today […]

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Posted on 25 Oct

World-class scientists to seek therapies and cures for dementia in new £20m Cardiff research centre

A new £20m research centre aimed at finding effective treatments for dementia was officially opened at Cardiff University today by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething. More than 70 scientists from around the world have been recruited to the centre with the aim of expanding the group to 100 in the near future. The Cardiff centre is […]

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Posted on 24 Oct

Stress hormone linked with poorer memory in middle age

Neurology: Circulating cortisol and cognitive and structural brain measures: The Framingham Heart Study Researchers in the US have found a link between increased levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and poorer memory skills in people without dementia. The findings are published today (24 October) in the scientific publication, Neurology. Cortisol is a hormone often associated […]

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Posted on 23 Oct

Dementia Discovery Fund launches new research accelerator partnership with the UK Dementia Research Institute

D3A will support important research projects with potential to create meaningful new medicines for dementia The Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) today announces that it has entered into a new research accelerator partnership with the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at its inaugural Annual Forum being held in London, UK. The partnership, “D3A”, will provide […]

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Posted on 22 Oct

Machine learning reveals dementia type from brain scans

Nature Communications: Uncovering the heterogeneity and temporal complexity of neurodegenerative diseases with Subtype and Stage Inference (SuStaIn) Researchers in the UK have used a powerful data-driven machine learning tool, called SuStaIn, to identify the exact form and stage of Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) from brain scans alone. The findings are published in the […]

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Posted on 17 Oct

Pregnancy condition pre-eclampsia linked to increased dementia risk

Researchers in Denmark have found a link between the condition pre-eclampsia, which occurs during pregnancy, and an increased risk of dementia. The findings are published today (17 October) in the scientific publication, The BMJ. Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some women during pregnancy or soon after their baby is delivered. The exact cause of the […]

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Posted on 17 Oct

Thinking test after stroke could predict memory skills years later

German scientists have found that people who perform poorly on a specific thinking test within a week of having a stroke have reduced memory and thinking skills for up to three years following the event. The findings are published today (17 October) in the scientific journal, Neurology. Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s […]

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Posted on 15 Oct

Spontaneous errors in genetic code could contribute to Alzheimer’s

Researchers in the UK have suggested that spontaneous errors or ‘mutations’ in the genetic code could explain cases of dementia that are not inherited. The findings are published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. Genes are the instructions for making living things and each gene is made up of a portion of DNA code, […]

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