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Posted on 11 Dec

Engaging in brain activities doesn’t affect rate of memory decline

BMJ:  Intellectual engagement and cognitive ability in later life (the “use it or lose it” conjecture): longitudinal, prospective study Scottish researchers have found that there is no association between an individual’s engagement in stimulating brain activities and the rate cognitive decline as they get older. The results are published today (10 December) in the scientific […]

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Posted on 05 Dec

Industrial Strategy funding to boost research into early detection of dementia

The government has today (5 Dec) announced up to £79 million of Industrial Strategy funding for a new programme of research that will harness the power of artificial intelligence and big data to dramatically change the way major diseases are detected, diagnosed and treated. The funding, which forms part of the government’s Life Sciences Sector […]

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Posted on 04 Dec

Scientists call for East Anglian volunteers to take part in pioneering dementia research

East Anglian researchers are seeking volunteers to take part in vital dementia research studies through the Join Dementia Research initiative. The projects hoping to shed more light on dementia include a major study looking into the links between sleep problems and genetic risk factors for the condition. Join Dementia Research is a service that allows […]

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Posted on 28 Nov

Basic dementia tests often get it wrong if used alone

Neurology: Clinical Practice: Predictors of dementia misclassification when using brief cognitive assessments Researchers in the UK have highlighted limitations of three cognitive tests that can be used to assess people for signs of dementia. The results of the study involving adults from the US are published today (27 November) in the scientific journal Neurology. Currently […]

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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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