Free online course: What is Health Research?
29 October 2019
The NIHR Clinical Research Network has launched a new online course called ‘What is Health Research?’. The three week Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in learning more about the world of health research. Learners can complete the course at their own pace for free, starting on Monday 11 November 2019.
Remembering names through computer therapy
12 August 2019
The ‘Gotcha!’ study is trialling a fun computer-based therapy to help people with dementia remember the names of the people who are important to them.
Widely used class of drugs linked to dementia
26 June 2019
Researchers have found that use of anticholinergics was linked with between a 6% and 49% increased risk of dementia, depending on the dose and duration of use. With this type of study, it is always difficult to prove direct cause and effect. Nevertheless, this is an important finding that needs looking into further. But it’s important that people do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to their doctor. The risk from stopping the medicine may be far higher than any dementia risk.
Can doing a daily crossword or Sudoku puzzle keep your brain young?
22 May 2019
In 2 linked studies, researchers found that people who said they did puzzles regularly did better on tests of cognitive ability. However, the research does not definitely show that doing puzzles made brains “sharper”. Or that doing puzzles staves off dementia in later life. It could be that people who have better cognitive abilities are more likely to do number or word puzzles in the first place.
Guest blog: Dementia Action Week 2019 | Taking the next step together
21 May 2019
In this blog for Dementia Action Week, Professor Martin Rossor reflects on how far dementia research has come, and looks ahead to how healthcare professionals, researchers and the public can take the next step together.
Dementia Action Week 2019
20 May 2019
This Dementia Action Week we’re asking healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about research opportunities.
Guest blog: Volunteering for dementia research
16 April 2019
After signing up to the Join Dementia Research initiative a few months ago, I was selected to take part as a healthy volunteer (someone who is not living with dementia) for a study called SENDeR, looking at brain connections (synapses) and how their loss leads to dementia and other brain illnesses.
The half day I spent taking part in this research project was a fascinating, worthwhile and most of all straightforward process.
‘Small’ increase in risk of Alzheimer’s disease with HRT use, study suggests
11 March 2019
This article has been reproduced from the NHS website. “Millions of women who take HRT pills may face a greater risk of Alzheimer’s,” warns the Mail Online. A study identified all postmenopausal women in Finland who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a 14-year period. It compared their use of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) with a group of […]
Gum disease linked to Alzheimer’s, study claims
28 January 2019
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 […]
The 12 Months of Dementia Research 2018
10 December 2018
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 […]