Monthly Archives: February 2017

Psychological Stress – Carers of those with Dementia

22 February 2017

There are currently 550,000 carers in England, who provide essential primary care to individuals living with a diagnosis of dementia. This study will help individuals taking part to identify any current stress they might be under, the factors which may be affecting it, and how it may be improved. We caught up with Amelia Stone, […]

Heading footballs ‘linked to brain damage in professional players’

17 February 2017

This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website.  “As evidence of dementia link to football emerges is it time to stop kids heading the ball?” is the question on the front page of the Daily Mirror. The headline was prompted by the results of a small study where post-mortems were carried out on […]

A response to the Merck announcement on Verubecestat study

16 February 2017

This news post was originally featured on the Alzheimer’s Society website.  Today, the global healthcare company Merck has announced that it is stopping the EPOCH study, a phase 2/3 study evaluating Verubecestat in people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Verubecestat is an investigational small molecule inhibitor of the beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) […]

Spatial Navigation in Pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease

15 February 2017

Getting lost is one of the most common and distressing symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their families, often involving the police and in tragic cases resulting in death. However, the underlying reasons why patients are getting lost are virtually unknown. One reason for this limited knowledge, is that it is not clear how […]

What can best predict the decline of memory and thinking?

10 February 2017

Identifying opportunities for the right kind of effective intervention to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease is important. The CHARIOT-PRO study is therefore looking to investigate what tests of cognition, memory, thinking, problem solving and everyday functions, together with certain biological factors, best predict the decline of memory and thinking abilities. The study’s co-ordinator, Dr Natalia […]

Behind the big dementia headlines of 2016: are we getting closer to a cure?

9 February 2017

This article was originally featured on the Alzheimer’s Research UK blog. As we embark on a new year of dementia research, let’s take a look back to see how 2016 got us talking about dementia. In Alzheimer’s diseases, there are two hallmark proteins that build up in the brain – amyloid and tau. Unsurprisingly, these two […]

Online Communication in Everyday Social Life

7 February 2017

There are approximately 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK. People who support, care for, or represent people with dementia respond to the situation in very different ways. One challenge that carers often face is in maintaining social relationships or making new relationships. It can also be difficult to communicate to others how […]

Cognitive Impairment in COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

3 February 2017

A new study is investigating the link between memory problems and a lung disease called ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’. We caught up with the study team to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? We are investigating whether people with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are more […]

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Monthly Archives: February 2017