With each heartbeat, blood vessels deliver around 15% of your blood up into your brain. This energy-hungry organ can only keep going thanks to the constant supply of nutrients and oxygen that are carried to it in the blood. Hundreds of miles of arteries, veins and capillaries circulate blood around every inch of the brain. […]
When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]
If you ask someone to name a symptom of dementia, chances are they would mention becoming forgetful or problems with memory. While these are the most well-known symptoms of Alzheimer’s, which is the most common cause of dementia, there are some more varied and lesser known symptoms that can affect things like vision, speech, personality […]
It can come as a surprise to know that having Down’s syndrome puts people at much higher risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, the genetic rearrangement that causes Down’s syndrome is one of the greatest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Sadly, everyone with Down’s syndrome will have developed the characteristic plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s in […]
This blog is a cross-post with The Huffington Post. Almost daily, we are inundated with headlines about the devastating impact of dementia – on a personal, social and financial level. This week’s headlines featured a new report highlighting the increasing pressures on England’s health services, partly due to the rising number of people dying from […]
The power of medical data took centre stage at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London yesterday, as delegates heard from Prof Sir Simon Lovestone about some inspiring studies that are helping to bring real insights to our understanding of dementia. Prof Lovestone, one of the Lead Academic Scientists at our Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, […]
Dr Alois Alzheimer caught the first glimpse of amyloid plaques in the brain in 1906. Over a century later, the amyloid protein remains at the centre of efforts to understand and tackle Alzheimer’s disease. But should it be? We know there are other brain changes involved in Alzheimer’s and some people think these could be […]
In recent months, there have been a number of reports in the media on the emerging link between blows to the head, contact sports and dementia. This week at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 we had the opportunity to hear from scientists to learn what research is going on. What is the link between blows […]
‘Big data’ might sound like jargon, but it’s a good label for what it describes: very large, often complex amounts of information.
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