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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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Posted on 15 Oct

F1 Legend Sir Jackie Stewart announces £2m boost to accelerate dementia research

Three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has launched a £2m search for a new generation of scientists to accelerate breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of dementia. The funding has been committed by Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia charity which he founded after his wife of 56 years, Lady Helen Stewart, was diagnosed […]

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Posted on 10 Oct

Common heart condition linked to higher dementia risk

Journal of Neurology: Atrial fibrillation, antithrombotic treatment and cognitive aging. A population-based study Researchers in Sweden have found that people who have an irregular heart beat are also more likely to develop dementia. The findings are published today (10 October) in the scientific publication, The Journal of Neurology. Scientists followed nearly 2,700 people in Sweden […]

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Posted on 01 Oct

One in two women likely to develop dementia, Parkinson’s or stroke

Researchers in the Netherlands have estimated that one in two women, and one in three men will develop dementia, a form of Parkinson’s disease or have a stroke in their lifetime. The findings are published today (1 October) in the scientific publication, The Journal of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dutch researchers investigated over 12,000 people who […]

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Posted on 26 Sep

Childhood hardships linked to poorer thinking skills in older age

Neurology: Socioeconomic position in childhood and cognitive aging in Europe European researchers have found that socioeconomic hardships during childhood are associated with poorer memory and thinking performance in later life. The findings are published today (26 September) in the scientific journal, Neurology. Researchers studied data collected from over 20,000 European volunteers using a number of […]

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Posted on 21 Sep

Edinburgh scientists secure £680k boost from UK’s leading dementia research charity

Scientists in Edinburgh have received a £680,000 funding boost from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The announcement of new funding comes on World Alzheimer’s Day and as Alzheimer’s Research UK pledges to commit a further £250 million to dementia research by 2025. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a […]

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Posted on 21 Sep

Leading charity gives £50K funding boost for dementia research in Newcastle

Dementia researchers at Newcastle University have received a £50,000 funding boost from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. This funding comes on World Alzheimer’s Day, and as Alzheimer’s Research UK has pledged to commit a further £250 million to dementia research by 2025. Dementia currently affects 850,000 people in the UK and […]

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