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Amyloid and tau; partners in crime

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisLouise WalkerEmma O'Brien

Memory loss can be, for many families, the first sign that a loved-one is developing dementia. It is the most well-known symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, and often very distressing. But how are memories formed? And how does Alzheimer’s alter the way we remember? How are memories formed? The number of nerve cells in our brains […]

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Research round-up: AAIC Day Four

Science News Team

It’s the last full-day of scientific talks here at AAIC2014 and another opportunity for important discussions about research. Decoding the genetics of dementia Yesterday we heard about a large collaboration called IGAP (International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project), where teams from around the world are pooling samples to run the largest ever genetic studies in Alzheimer’s. […]

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In the news: B vitamins and Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisLouise WalkerEmma O'Brien

A new analysis of several clinical trials has drawn a conclusion that will dismay many: taking B vitamins does not slow the decline in memory and thinking skills that comes with age, and is unlikely to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The news is the opposite of what we, and the hundreds of thousands of families affected by […]

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