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Vascular dementia explained

Ellen McIntosh

The word ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms people experience when their brain cells stop working properly due to a disease. This can be experiencing memory problems, such as frequently losing things, or struggling to find the right words in conversation. When people hear the word dementia, many think of those they know with […]

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Rare causes of dementia

Katie Puckering

The 29 February marks Rare Disease Day, and the main objective of the day is to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on people’s lives. A rare disease is defined by the World Health Organisation as one that affects less than 10 per 10,000 people in the general population. The word ‘dementia’ describes symptoms that occur […]

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All you need to know about smoking and dementia

Katie Puckering

The World Health Organisation estimates that 14% of cases of dementia worldwide could be caused by smoking. While the number of adult smokers in the UK has dropped significantly in recent years, around 7.2 million people in the UK still smoke. Most people know that smoking leads to poor health and a substantially increased risk […]

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More to Uncover

Tim Parry

This is a jointly authored post from Tim Parry of Alzheimer’s Research UK, and Bart Somsen from our partners Ricoh Europe. Last summer, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Ricoh collaborated on a new campaign called Dementia Uncovered. This was designed to lift the lid on what happens in the brain to someone living with Alzheimer’s disease, […]

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Talking about dementia in South Asian communities

Claire Lucas

Back in 2013, the All-party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia published a report called ‘Dementia does not discriminate’. Drawing on the experiences of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the APPG identified a number of aspects of dementia that hit these communities particularly hard. People from BAME communities may be more likely […]

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Shining a light on the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research

Hilary Evans

Today we’re launching our Dementia Attitudes Monitor Report – an in-depth analysis of the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research. Improving understanding and shaping attitudes towards dementia is crucial if we are to make breakthroughs in research possible, so the Monitor, which will be repeated every two years, is an essential tool for us. In […]

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Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]

Your data, your power: How you can help save lives

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When shared in a safe and ethical way, Alzheimer’s Research UK strongly believes health data can save lives. That’s why we’re excited by the new videos produced by Understanding Patient Data that give a closer look at how your health data is being used and the incredible impact it can have. The potential impact of […]

Why dementia doesn’t believe in gender parity

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As we take time today to celebrate International Women’s Day and the incredible women who are helping to #pressforprogress in research and science, we must also reflect on a hard reality – women are a marginalised majority when it comes to dementia. Not only are women far more likely to end up as carers of […]