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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 […]

Vitamin A deficiency linked to Alzheimer’s disease – NHS Choices

30 January 2017


This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Alzheimer’s may begin in the womb because mums are short of crucial vitamin, scientists warn,” the Daily Mirror reports. New research involving both mice and humans looked at the link between vitamin A deficiency, brain development and Alzheimer’s risk. Vitamin A helps boost the immune […]

Mindfulness for Sleep Disturbance in Dementia

27 January 2017

BRAIN spark

Sleep disturbance is a serious problem for many people in later life and particularly people with a diagnosis of dementia and those close to them. Research into mindfulness for sleep disturbance in older adults (without dementia) shows that it could be a helpful new treatment. What are the main aims of the study? The purpose […]

The CREAD Study

24 January 2017

Chief investigator, Dr Iracema Leroi, Consultant Psychiatrist, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia and it affects an estimated 26.6 million worldwide. It is a physical disease affecting the brain. During the course of the disease, protein ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ develop in the structure of the brain, leading to the death of brain cells which lead to symptoms which […]

‘Optimising the Transition from Home to Hospital’ Study

20 January 2017

Courtney Shaw

People with dementia frequently experience multiple health conditions that require treatment in the hospital. Patients with dementia are known to be particularly vulnerable and experience preventable harm more frequently than patients without dementia. This risk is particularly notable in the emergency department. While some extraordinary work has been done in making hospitals “dementia friendly” in […]

Response to news that living near busy roads could increase risk of dementia

5 January 2017


You may have seen in the news today that several media outlets are reporting the story that living near busy roads could increase your risk of dementia. The news was based on research results from a Canadian study which found that living near a busy road was associated with a small increase in risk of developing dementia. […]

Hopes for the future of dementia research

4 January 2017


Throughout December, Join Dementia Research shared a number of quotes from a variety of different people about their hopes for the future of dementia research, and their thoughts on Join Dementia Research. Lots of different people gave us their points of view – from healthcare professionals, to charity staff, and members of the public – […]

The DECIDE Study

30 December 2016

Dr Penny Wright, Chief Investigator for the DECIDE study

The number of people living with dementia in the UK is rising. Friends and family provide much of the care. Maintaining carer quality of life and finding a way of assessing it are important for the carers, those cared for, and for society. There are existing questionnaires used for dementia carer assessment but how good they […]

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