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What dementia means for ethnic minorities in the UK

Baber Malik

It is reported that there are approximately 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 15,000 of whom come from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. The latter statistic is concerning because many of the people from BME groups living with dementia will receive no support or will be diagnosed too late for symptomatic treatments […]

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Amyloid and tau; partners in crime

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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 […]

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 MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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. The results suggest that B vitamins are unlikely to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The news is the opposite of what we, and the hundreds of thousands of […]

Research round-up: AAIC Day Three

Science News Team

The sun was shining yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, and we heard more interesting sessions about the latest dementia research. Here is a round-up of some of the topics discussed. Understanding the basics Improving our knowledge of the brain, how it works and how it goes wrong to cause dementia […]

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Important discussions at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014

Science News Team

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 provides the perfect platform for dementia researchers to discuss some of the more controversial, thought-provoking and fascinating issues facing dementia research. We summarised three of these for you: 1. Should we screen the general population for dementia? While early diagnosis of dementia is a government priority, we do not […]

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Research round-up: AAIC Day Two

Science News Team

Today was the second day of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, where thousands of dementia researchers have gathered to discuss their latest results. Here is a round-up of just some of the day’s excellent sessions. Understanding the causes of dementia Last week in the newspapers were headlines about a potential new blood […]

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