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Healthy lifestyle reduces dementia risk even in those with genetic risk factors

22 July 2019

Fresh fruit on a platter

A new study suggests that regular exercise, not smoking, drinking sensibly, and eating a healthy diet have been found to reduce risk of getting dementia even if a person has a higher genetic risk of developing the condition. There are some limitations to the study, but overall the findings are good news. We cannot change our genetics, but this study suggests that regardless of this, changing our lifestyles could help everyone reduce their dementia risk.

New type of dementia discovered

2 May 2019

Art designed to look like the human brain

Researchers have identified a new form of dementia. Known as LATE, it shares many similarities with Alzheimer’s disease, but tends to lead to a more gradual decline in memory. LATE (limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy) appears to be linked to the accumulation of a protein called TDP-43 in the brain, whereas Alzheimer’s is linked to the […]

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? 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 […]

10,000 research participants recruited through Join Dementia Research

3 July 2018

Stats released today, Tuesday 3 July 2018, show that over 10,000 study participants have been involved in vital dementia research thanks to the innovative Join Dementia Research service from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). This fantastic news comes in the wake of new guidance released by NICE in June 2018. This guidance encouraged […]

Spread the word about dementia research: an interview with Professor Ashley Baldwin

28 June 2018

Professor Ashley Baldwin, Consultant Psychiatrist at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dementia research involves a lot of teamwork. Doctors, scientists, researchers, nurses, assistants and, of course, people with dementia all join in. The more people who get involved in research, the more chance we have of understanding what causes dementia. This will allow us to develop effective treatments, improve care and hopefully one day find a […]

Claims of a ‘breakthrough’ for Alzheimer’s patients lack merit

25 June 2018

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Is this the solution to Alzheimer’s?” asks the Mail Online. Sadly, the headline is an overblown reaction to a small, poor-quality and arguably overhyped study. Researchers tested 2 mixtures of nutritional supplements on 25 patients with Alzheimer’s disease. There was no comparison group taking a placebo […]

Even slightly raised blood pressure in middle age may increase dementia risk

15 June 2018

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This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Fifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of getting dementia in later life,” The Independent reports. A long-running study of 8,639 British civil servants found that people who had blood pressure above the ideal level – but below that used to diagnose […]

Proud to help future generations: Carol’s story

Carol and Bryan Simcock in the garden

A grandmother living with mild Alzheimer’s disease in Greater Manchester is proud to be taking part in clinical research to help future generations. Carol Simcock, 71, lives in Handforth, Cheshire, with her husband Bryan, 78. Carol’s dementia experience Up until her retirement, Carol, a mum-of-two and grandmother-of-two, worked as a secretary and later as a […]

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