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Understanding attitudes towards dementia and research in the UK

7 February 2019

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On Wednesday 6 February 2019, Alzheimer’s Research UK launched their Dementia Attitudes Monitor Report – an in-depth analysis of the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research. Improving understanding and shaping attitudes towards dementia is crucial to make breakthroughs in research possible, so the Monitor, which surveyed 2,361 adults across the UK, is an essential tool. It will […]

Gum disease linked to Alzheimer’s, study claims

28 January 2019

False teeth with donuts and cakes

This article has been reproduced from the NHS website. “Gum disease bug could play ‘central role’ in development of Alzheimer’s,” The Independent reports. The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are still debated. Most scientists think it is likely to be down to a combination of factors, including your genes and lifestyle. But some believe it may be […]

A blood test for Alzheimer’s remains a distant possibility, study suggests

24 January 2019

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS website. Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict your chances of getting Alzheimer’s, claim several media reports. But any suggestion of a major breakthrough is a little hasty. The research only involved people with a rare hereditary form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by genetic mutations (Dominantly […]

‘Exercise hormone’ may play a role in combating Alzheimer’s disease

14 January 2019

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS website. “An ‘exercise pill’ mimicking the effects of a gym workout could prevent Alzheimer’s disease,” the Daily Mirror reports. The “pill” is actually a reference to a protein called irisin. Irisin has been dubbed the “exercise hormone” because previous research found it’s released from muscles in response to […]

New research to provide virtual support for people with rare dementias

11 January 2019

Elderly couple using tablet computer at home

A version of this article first appeared on the NIHR website. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are creating a new online support network for people with young onset and rare dementias. The project was announced as part of a new £15 million research initiative to […]

The 12 Months of Dementia Research 2018

10 December 2018

The 12 Months of Dementia Research 2018 graphic

It’s the most wonderful time of the year  – a time for celebration, and a time of reflection. 2018 has been an eventful year for dementia research, so for the festive season we’re highlighting one big moment for each of the past 12 months. Join us to celebrate the year, as we reveal a new […]

What’s that study? The Generation Program

26 November 2018

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We caught up with Professor Lefkos Middleton from Imperial College London, who is UK Chief Investigator for the Generation Program. The Generation Program is a collaboration between Novartis, Amgen and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, and consists of two clinical trials that may be able to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease – Generation Study 1 and […]

MPs spread the word about Join Dementia Research

22 November 2018

Caroline Dinenage, Minister for State, discussing Join Dementia Research.

MPs and peers are fighting back against dementia by spreading awareness of Join Dementia Research. Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, was among lawmakers who joined the Join Dementia Research team in Parliament to support more people getting involved in dementia research. Research is the best way to make real change to the […]

What’s that study? Uncertainty and Caregiving

22 October 2018

Alan Galvin, Chief Investigator for the Uncertainty and Caregiving sudy

We caught up with Alan Galvin, Chief Investigator for the ‘Uncertainty and Caregiving Study: Intolerance of Uncertainty and Strain in the Caregivers of People with Dementia’. What are the main aims of this study? The majority of care for people with dementia is provided by informal family caregivers. While experience of caring can be positive and […]

What’s that study? Living Alone with Dementia

18 October 2018

Courtney Poole, leader of the 'Living Alone With Dementia' study

We caught up with Courtney Poole, PhD student at the University of Coventry, who is leading the ‘Living Alone with Dementia’ study. What are the main aims of ‘Living Alone with Dementia? This study aims to learn about the experience of living alone with dementia. It is thought that around a third of people with dementia […]

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