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Behind the headlines: could a nutrient drink slow down Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

You may have seen stories in the media that a nutritional drink can slow down Alzheimer’s disease by reducing brain shrinkage and improving memory, but what is this drink and what is the science behind these claims? What is the nutritional drink? The drink is called Souvenaid, which contains a special blend of essential fatty […]

In the news – Dementia, Drugs, and Dolphins

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Scientists in Scotland are investigating a potential prevention strategy for Alzheimer’s using light to stimulate brainwaves. The £50,000 research project in Strathclyde, Scotland, is part of £600,000 worth of new funding by Alzheimer’s Research UK in the country announced recently. The story was covered by the BBC. Read the full story on this fascinating project […]

What dementia means for ethnic minorities in the UK

Baber Malik

There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 15,000 of whom come from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The latter statistic is concerning because many of the people from BAME groups living with dementia will receive no support or will be diagnosed too late for symptomatic treatments to help. There […]

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Dementia books for children

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

You can now order free copies of our children’s books ‘Grandad’s Hat’ and ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ via the ‘Information about dementia’ section of our materials and literature page. Princesses, monkeys and dragons We’re proud to tell you that our Dementia Explained website, which helps children and young people better understand dementia, has recently […]

In the news – Maps, Menopause and Mount Fuji

Ed Pinches

Percentage of the week 2.8% Percentage of the population of Christchurch who have dementia. Dementia ‘hotspots’ across the UK were highlighted in two interactive maps we launched this week revealing the scale of the condition across the country. Coastal areas in the south are some of the worst affected. Take a look at the picture […]

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The Blood and the Brain – where is the link?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Dementia affects many of us, with devastating effects on individuals, families and friends. While we currently lack effective treatments to prevent the condition, new research is constantly advancing and changing our understanding of the diseases which lead to it. Just last week we reported news of a study from the US reporting that women who […]