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Researchers in the US have used genetic techniques to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in mice that show features of the disease. The study, which centered around a protein called BACE1, was reported today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. In humans, BACE 1 is involved in the production of a hallmark Alzheimer’s protein called […]
Scientists from the University of Southampton have teamed up with researchers from the University of Oxford to look at whether existing drugs for arthritis have any effect on a person’s risk of developing dementia. By looking at two groups of people – one receiving the drug treatment and one not – they found that fewer […]
Scientists in the US have researched how positive beliefs about ageing are linked with a reduced risk of dementia risk, including in people who carry one of the major risk genes, APOE4. The researchers found those with the APOE4 gene who held positive beliefs about ageing were less likely to develop dementia than who held […]
Researchers from the University of Exeter have explored the use of an interventional-type care approach in UK care homes, finding it improves the lives of people with dementia. The trial combines the training of care home staff, increasing the quality of interactions between nurses and people living with dementia and guidance on the use of […]
Researchers have found that electrically stimulating regions of the brain can improve the ability of people’s memory. Their findings were reported in the scientific publication Nature Communications. Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “While dementia involves a range of complex symptoms, memory problems are among the most common and can […]
California based researchers have found that damage to cells known as pericytes, which surround small blood vessels in the brain, may trigger a chain of events that results in brain degeneration. The findings are published today in the scientific publication Nature Medicine. Dr Carol Routledge, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It is […]
Today Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced a unique new funding partnership for two novel research projects exploring how the eye can be used as a window into the brain. In partnership with the charitable organisation Fight for Sight, Alzheimer’s Research UK has co-committed £30,000 worth of funding for two, one-year long research projects. Both pioneering […]
Researchers in Japan and Australia have used the ratio of different forms of the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid, in blood to detect those who have high levels of the protein in their brain. Their findings are published today in the scientific publication Nature and take researchers a step closer to developing a blood test for […]
Swedish researchers have found a link between traumatic brain injury and an increased risk of dementia, in some cases 30 years after individuals experienced the injury. The findings are published today in the scientific publication PLOS Medicine. Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “The association between head injuries and dementia […]
Scientists in the US have found that electrically stimulating regions of the brain in three people with Alzheimer’s disease was safe and appeared to show an effect on thinking skills and day-to-day tasks in two of the volunteers. The findings are published today in the scientific journal, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. There has been no […]