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Dementia care improved by just one hour of social interaction each week

19 February 2018

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This article was originally posted on NIHR website. A large scale NIHR-funded trial shows that increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life and saves money. During the study key care home staff were upskilled to deliver person-centred care. […]

Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel: have your say

15 February 2018

Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel

The Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel: a consultation commissioned by the Department of Health The Department of Health aims to achieve a better understanding of the experiences and needs of people living with dementia, in order to shape better policies. This is why, on its behalf, the Opinion Research Service (ORS) has opened the Dementia 2020 […]

Object handling in people with dementia

18 January 2018

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What are the main aims of the study? This study aims to explore how people living with dementia respond to novel and historic objects when handling and discussing them in small groups. We call this ‘object handling’. People who have taken part in object handling studies before have reported it to be enjoyable, interesting and an […]

Diabetes drug may help with memory loss in dementia

3 January 2018

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Diabetes drug significantly reverses memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients,” The Sun reports. What the headline failed to make clear is that the “patients” were in fact mice, which had been genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s-like symptoms. This new mouse study investigated whether a new drug developed […]

Online course: Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research

7 November 2017

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If you are interested in knowing more about modern healthcare and the role of clinical research within it, then the latest online course, “Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research”, brought to you by the University of Leeds and the NIHR is a perfect learning opportunity. Healthcare moves forward thanks to research, improving our understanding of conditions, […]

Positive results from Alzheimer’s drug in Phase 1 clinical trial extension

3 November 2017

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This article has been reproduced from the Alzheimer’s Research UK website.   The pharmaceutical company Biogen has today announced the results of an extended phase 1b clinical trial of the potential Alzheimer’s disease drug, aducanumab. Results from the extended early-stage trial were announced today at Clinical Trials in Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) conference in Boston. Aducanumab is an […]

Investigating brain ageing with multiple biomarkers in advanced elderly participants

4 July 2017

What are the main aims of the study? The aim of the study is to access individuals who are at an advanced age (60 – 100 years), and do not have any measurable problems with their memory. To do this a combination of psychological tests and brain scans will be performed that will help us […]

LINKAGE Camden Study

11 April 2017

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 […]

Care for people with Dementia given by Relatives at the End of life: The CADRE Study

23 November 2016

Around two thirds of people with dementia live in the community with the majority of their care provided by friends or family. Previous evidence suggests that family carers have a variety of support needs which differ throughout the different stages of dementia. These support needs are often not met, including practical as well as emotional […]

Why do we need biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease?

29 September 2016

This blog was written by Professor Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and was originally featured on the NIHR website.    There is an increasing focus on finding biomarkers, or tests, for dementia. Whether in the contents pages of journals, or in conference programmes, biomarker research seems to be the order […]

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