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Posted on 18 Sep

Research in London links air pollution to dementia risk

BMJ Open: Are noise and air pollution related to the incidence of dementia? A cohort study in London, England Researchers in the UK have found that increased levels of air pollution, including high levels of nitrogen dioxide and microscopic atmospheric particles called particulates, are associated with an increased risk of dementia. The findings have been […]

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Posted on 13 Sep

Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh voices insightful dementia animation

Gardener, broadcaster and writer Alan Titchmarsh has lent his voice to a new animation showcasing the work of scientists on the hunt for life-changing dementia treatments. The household name recorded the voice-over having seen the impact dementia had on his family. Researchers from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute based at the University […]

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Posted on 04 Sep

Dementia symptoms fluctuate depending on season

PLOS Medicine: Seasonal plasticity of cognition and related biological measures in adults with and without Alzheimer disease: analysis of multiple cohorts An international team of researchers have identified seasonal changes to measures of people’s memory and dementia risk in people with early stage memory problems and dementia. The findings are published today (Tuesday 4 September) […]

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Posted on 04 Sep

Study calculates 10-year dementia risk

CMAJ: Absolute 10-year risk of dementia by age, sex and APOE genotype: a population-based cohort study Scientists in Denmark have estimated the proportion of people with a common dementia risk gene who will develop dementia in each of the three decades following their 60th birthday. The findings are published in the medical publication, CMAJ. Dr […]

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Posted on 23 Aug

Eye test could highlight early signs of Alzheimer’s

JAMA Ophthalmology: Association of Preclinical Alzheimer Disease With Optical Coherence Tomographic Angiography Findings A team of scientists at Washington University have found that a non-invasive eye test could help identify people with brain changes linked to early Alzheimer’s disease. The findings are published today (Thursday 23 August) in the scientific publication, JAMA Ophthalmology. Dr Sara Imarisio, […]

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Posted on 21 Aug

Better heart health linked with lower dementia risk in older age population

JAMA: Association of Cardiovascular Health Level in Older Age With Cognitive Decline and Incident Dementia A team of scientists in France has identified a decreased dementia risk for people who have better heart health. The findings are published today (Tuesday 21 August) in the scientific publication, JAMA. Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research of Alzheimer’s Research […]

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Posted on 09 Aug

Nordic nations, North Americans and Antipodeans rank top in navigation skills

People in Nordic countries, North America, Australia, and New Zealand have the best spatial navigational abilities, according to a new study led by UCL and the University of East Anglia. Researchers assessed data from over half a million people in 57 countries who played a specially-designed mobile game, which has been developed to aid understanding […]

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Posted on 01 Aug

Abstinence and heavy drinking associated with increased dementia risk

The BMJ: Alcohol consumption and risk of dementia: 23-year follow-up of Whitehall II cohort study A new study has examined the links between alcohol consumption in midlife and later life dementia risk, finding that abstaining from drinking or drinking over 14 units a week was associated with a higher dementia risk than drinking 1-14 units […]

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Posted on 26 Jul

Alzheimer’s drug slows decline in memory and thinking in phase 2 trial

The pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Biogen have presented results of a phase 2 clinical trial of the potential Alzheimer’s disease drug, BAN2401. The presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018 in Chicago, was the first look at data from the trial and follows an earlier announcement of positive results. BAN2401 successfully reduced levels of the […]

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Posted on 25 Jul

Drop in blood pressure linked with dementia risk

Neurology: Association of orthostatic hypotension with incident dementia, stroke, and cognitive decline A team of US scientists have identified an increased dementia risk for people who in midlife experience orthostatic hypotension – unusually high drops in blood pressure when standing up suddenly. The findings were published in the scientific publication, Neurology. Dr Laura Phipps, from […]

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