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Behind the headlines: Is a new Alzheimer’s treatment in sight?

Robin Brisbourne

You may have seen exciting headlines about a possible new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. But with so many stories about possible new dementia drugs making the news it can be difficult to know how significant these reports might be. What has happened? The Pharmaceutical company Biogen plans to file for US marketing approval for aducanumab, […]

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Behind the headlines: Football and dementia

Dr Carol Routledge

Scientists have today announced results from the Football’s InfluencE on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk (FIELD) study. This is the largest study to date looking back at the long-term health of professional football players, including their risk of dementia. The results will naturally raise questions from anyone interested in the sport, so here’s everything you […]

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Could the answers to dementia be hiding in your fruit bowl?

Jo Sharpe

Imagine it’s a hot summer’s day and you are relaxing in the garden. Maybe you’re sipping on a glass of cool lemonade, savouring uncharacteristically good British weather. Everything is perfect, until you raise the glass to your lips and notice a fuzzy black speck writhing around in your drink. A pesky fruit fly. Gross. You […]

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4 emerging non-drug approaches to tackle dementia

Robin Brisbourne

When we think about future treatments for dementia our minds may immediately think of new drugs. From vaccines to antibiotics, aspirin to statins, drugs have had a revolutionary impact on our health and wellbeing. Developing new medicines is a major focus for the research you’re helping us to fund at Alzheimer’s Research UK and research […]

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Prime Minister supports revolutionary early diagnosis effort

Kirsty MaraisSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesSamantha Benham-Hermetz

In an announcement made today, Prime Minister Theresa May outlined a new focus on early diagnosis of disease under the Grand Challenge on Artificial Intelligence in the Industrial Strategy. The Prime Minister announced an aim to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions including dementia. In her speech, she […]

Launching the Dementia Revolution

Hilary Evans

Today, we’ve announced that we’re joining forces with Alzheimer’s Society for a special one-year campaign as Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. On behalf of myself and the CEO of Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes, this is why our charities are standing side-by-side for the Dementia Revolution and how you can […]

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Alcohol and dementia risk – what we know so far

Kirsty MaraisSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesSamantha Benham-Hermetz

You may have seen reports in today’s papers about a link between long-term alcohol misuse and risk of dementia. This study published in the Lancet found: That alcohol misuse is linked to an increased risk of dementia. That more than 57% of people who developed dementia before the age of 65 had at some point […]

Behind the headlines: Pfizer scales back investment but hope remains for a dementia treatment

Dr Matthew Norton

Recent news from the pharmaceutical industry that Pfizer is reducing its investment in dementia research has highlighted some of the barriers to research, and the increased need for shared responsibility in bringing treatments to people in need. It’s easy to get bogged down by headlines that use words like “abandon” to describe what’s happening to […]

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In the News – Food, Frequencies, Pharma Funding

Kirsty MaraisSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesSamantha Benham-Hermetz

Untangling tau Last week we reported that Cambridge-based scientists provided new insights into a protein that plays a role in a number of progressive brain diseases. They found that in Alzheimer’s disease, the hallmark protein tau started to build up in nerve cells that were strongly connected and constantly communicating with each other. Whereas in […]