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Behind the headlines: COVID-19 and dementia

Samantha Benham-Hermetz

There have been many stories in the media over the past few months about COVID-19 and dementia. Almost one million people in the UK are living with dementia, and over half of us know someone affected by the condition. It’s understandable that these headlines may be causing even more fear and worry, during an already […]

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When would you want to know you had Alzheimer’s disease?

Prof Jonathan Schott

Would you want to know if you or a loved one had Alzheimer’s – a disease that currently has no treatments to slow, stop or prevent it – before you developed symptoms? This is understandably a frightening and tough question to answer. In Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new report, Detecting and Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, we discovered […]

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Unlocking patient access to new treatments

Charity Medicines Access Coalition

This is a joint blog post between the Charity Medicines Access Coalition and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Developments in scientific research will change our understanding and management of many diseases in the future. Innovative treatments can be life-saving or life-enhancing for patients, their families and carers. Research breakthroughs also drive […]

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Dear Prime Minister, will you change my family’s future?

Carli Pirie

Without a way to stop or prevent the diseases that cause dementia, one in three children born today will go on to develop the condition in their lifetime. The odds are worse for Carli Pirie, whose family has a rare genetic form of Alzheimer’s. Carli’s mother and grandmother both developed early-onset Alzheimer’s in their late […]

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MPs call for more investment in dementia research

Kirsty MaraisSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesSamantha Benham-Hermetz

On Tuesday 25 June, Debbie Abrahams MP led a 90-minute debate titled ‘Improving the lives of people with dementia’ in Westminster Hall. Among the MPs in attendance was Caroline Dinenage, the Minister of State for Health and Social Care. This debate was the first to focus on dementia in three years. The event was crucial […]

Our petition at No. 10 – thanks to you!

Emily Cook

This year you helped us achieve an incredible feat – almost 35,000 signatures asking for more funding for dementia research. Alzheimer’s Research UK celebrated Dementia Action Week at the Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing Street. We were joined by television presenter and mathematician, Rachel Riley, and two of our committed supporters to hand over […]

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