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It’s not all about the nerve cells

Mark Dallas

The human brain is a complex structure made up of different types of cells. You have probably heard scientists talk about nerve cells or brain cells. These are the cells that are lost in Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are a similar number of other cell types within the brain, called glial cells. Glial, comes for […]

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My family and Alzheimer’s: survivor’s guilt

Lee Bramall

Lee Bramall’s sister, Carla Bramall, is 39-years-old and in the late stages of dementia. The symptoms of the rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease began when Carla was just 30, and she was diagnosed at 36. Lee and Carla’s father Barry died at 43 from the condition in 1993, and it has also claimed the […]

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My daughter Carla: dementia at 30

Rita Pepper

Rita Pepper’s daughter, Carla Bramall, is 39-years-old and in the late stages of dementia. The symptoms of the rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease began when Carla was just 30. Carla’s father Barry died at 43 from the condition, and it’s also caused the death of her grandfather and uncle, while her cousin, like her, […]

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How many people develop Alzheimer’s in their 30s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

This week we’re helping Rita Pepper speak out about how Alzheimer’s has affected her family. Her daughter Carla, who now lives in a care home, was diagnosed with a genetic form of the disease when she was in her 30s. Rita’s husband Barry also developed Alzheimer’s and passed away at the age of 43. This […]

What causes the symptoms of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

If you ask most people about the symptoms of dementia, they’ll likely mention memory loss but not get much further than that. Of course for many people with dementia, memory loss is a hugely important early symptom, but it is far from the whole story. Dementia is an incredibly varied condition that can be caused […]