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Significant breakthroughs in dementia research

26 February 2024

As Join Dementia Research celebrates 9 years of matching volunteers to dementia studies, it is timely to reflect on the progress dementia research has made both with our help and more broadly in recent years. It is encouraging to know that at any one time, there are around 150 dementia research studies underway in the […]

Navigating social media use for people living with dementia

31 January 2024

With social media platforms offering an easy way of finding out what is happening locally, it is easy to see the appeal for people living with dementia.  In order for these platforms to be even more effective, new research supported by Join Dementia Research highlights the need for social media guidance specifically for carers of […]

Brain health in over 50s deteriorated during pandemic, research finds

13 November 2023

New NIHR supported research shows that brain health in people over 50 deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic. This was true regardless of whether they had COVID-19. Researchers analysed brain function tests completed by more than 3,000 UK people aged 50 to 90, many of which were recruited through Join Dementia Research. The results The […]

Drug donanemab hailed as breakthrough in treat Alzheimer’s disease following trial

19 July 2023

A new drug has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough in treating Alzheimer’s disease, following the publication of final trial results in the medical journal, JAMA.  The findings show donanemab can successfully slow down decline in memory and thinking by 35 per cent among people with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease. The drug’s ability to slow down […]

Join Dementia Research volunteers help discover Alzheimer’s drug lecanemab

1 December 2022

The findings of a research study that discovered a treatment for early stage Alzheimer’s disease have been hailed as “momentous” by Alzheimer’s Research UK.  The new treatment, lecanemab, is the first drug to slow cognitive decline in people with early signs of the condition. The CLARITY-AD study enrolled 1,795 patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s globally, including Join […]

Global Brain Health Survey Findings

9 June 2022

Although the causes of dementia are not yet known, we do know which lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and smoking can affect brain health and the chances of developing dementia. Until now, there has been little insight into the perceptions of brain health around the world. In June 2019 an anonymous online survey ‘The […]

Dementia fears for former footballers

25 October 2019

Football on grass

A recent study has found that the risk of dying from neurodegenerative disease is almost 3.5 times higher for footballers. However research is at an early stage and there’s currently no suggestion that anyone should stop playing football. Regular physical activity – including football – is a good way to reduce the risk of dementia and conditions such as heart disease.

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.

Eye test can pick up Alzheimer’s, study claims

13 March 2019

Close up of a human eye

This article has been reproduced from the NHS website. “Alzheimer’s disease can be spotted through simple eye test,” reports the Daily Telegraph. A new study has found that people with Alzheimer’s had fewer blood vessels and less blood flow in the retina (back of their eye). The Alzheimer-linked eye changes were detected by an eye test that uses […]

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

24 January 2019

Blood test

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 […]

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