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Two older drugs could be ‘repurposed’ to fight dementia

21 April 2017

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Depression and cancer drugs offer hope for dementia sufferers,” Sky News reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at the effect of two drugs – one used to treat depression and another being trialled for cancer treatment – on neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases […]

How can assessing people’s cognitive abilities reflect changes in cognitive over time?

19 April 2017

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To understand how Alzheimer’s disease progresses and to evaluate effective treatments assessing cognition is important. However, assessments can be time consuming and not accurately reflect change in cognition over time. The Capturing Changes in Cognition (CatCh-Cog) study is looking to address these issues and develop a sensitive and time saving cognitive assessment. Kate Forsyth, the […]

LINKAGE Camden Study

11 April 2017

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Delirium is a medical term used to describe a change in brain function which makes a person become suddenly confused. Their behaviour and concentration may also be affected. It can make people feel frightened, restless and suspicious. The symptoms can come on quickly and change from hour to hour. It is very common, particularly among […]

‘Getting help for forgetfulness’ – Encouraging timely help-seeking for dementia in Black African and Caribbean families

7 April 2017

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NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) North Thames has produced a new resource to help Black African and Caribbean elders seek help from their GP when experiencing memory problems. The CLAHRC has developed a leaflet with information on why it makes sense to visit your GP if you experience memory […]

Eye Movement Analysis to Improve Screening for Alzheimer’s

3 April 2017

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A new study looking at eye movements to support diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease has recently been added to Join Dementia Research. The study, ‘Eye Movement Analysis to Improve Screening for Alzheimer’s disease’, forms part of PhD research for Julia Blair at Glasgow Caledonian University. Julia answers some of our questions to find out more. What […]

Join Dementia Research Champion to publish book

30 March 2017

Join Dementia Research Champion Wendy Mitchell

A Join Dementia Research Champion from Yorkshire hopes that co-writing a new book will help to allay some of the fear and stigma which currently surrounds the condition. Wendy Mitchell is the author of the widely-read blog Which Me Am I Today? which documents her life living with dementia since being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s […]

The NorAD – Guanfacine study

28 March 2017

Dr Paresh Malhotra, Chief Investigator for this study

This new study aims to assess whether a medication called Guanfacine can improve thinking, particularly attention, in people with Alzheimer’s Disease when given alongside other standard medication. We caught up with Dr Paresh Malhotra, Chief Investigator on this study, to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? Guanfacine itself is licensed for […]

Are attention and brain activity connected to visual memory problems in people with Alzheimer’s?

22 March 2017

Dr Moreno Coco, Chief Investigator of the study

Understanding how an individual’s memory performance changes when affected by Alzheimer’s and the relation between visual attention and memory could contribute to improvements in diagnosing the disease. The ‘Formation, maintenance and use of top-down knowledge in Alzheimer Dementia’ study will therefore explore these factors to gain better insight. We spoke to Dr Moreno Coco, Chief […]

Join Dementia Research user survey results

17 March 2017

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In the Autumn 2016 newsletter, Join Dementia Research registrants were invited to complete a survey about their experience of the service*. Some key findings from the survey include:   For those that registered through one of the charity helplines: For those that registered through the website:   For those that matched to studies:   The […]

PROSPECT-M-UK Study

16 March 2017

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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Cortico-Basal syndrome (CBS) are all degenerative brain conditions for which there is not currently any curative treatments. They are often initially diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease but are very distinct with an approximate survival of 6-7 years from diagnosis. The PROSPECT-M-UK study aims to develop better methods of […]

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