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Remembering names through computer therapy

12 August 2019

Close up of hands holding a computer tablet screen showing the 'Gotcha!' study logo

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

Tablets in pharmaceutical packaging

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

Hand holding pencil ready to complete a Sudoku puzzle

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

Professor Martin Rossor, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research

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

A selfie of research volunteer Jude Clarke (left) with researcher Dr George Savulich (right)

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

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 […]

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 […]

Dementia 2020 Engagement Panel: phase 2 now open

9 August 2018

Man in shirt completing paper questionnaire

Share your dementia experience with the Department of Health and Social Care The Department of Health and Social Care want a better understanding of the experiences and needs of people living with dementia, in order to shape better policies. That’s why they have commissioned Opinion Research Services (ORS) to find out more on their behalf. […]

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