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In the news: Our recent letter to the editor of The Times

Hilary Evans

Yesterday, we read with empathic frustration the observation on dementia research progress at the end of The Times’ comment on research into hearing aids (Delaying Dementia, 16 July). It reads: “More research into such treatments is desperately needed, particularly given the failure of biomedical research to make progress despite many billions of investment towards finding […]

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When will there be a blood test for Alzheimer’s?

Ed Pinches

Alzheimer’s and the other diseases that cause dementia develop in the brain decades before symptoms start to show. This poses a huge challenge for dementia researchers working hard to make breakthroughs possible for people affected by the condition. So, why would a blood test for Alzheimer’s help? At the moment doctors can only diagnose Alzheimer’s […]

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Does Down’s syndrome hold the key to cracking Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

It can come as a surprise to know that having Down’s syndrome puts people at much higher risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, the genetic rearrangement that causes Down’s syndrome is one of the greatest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Sadly, everyone with Down’s syndrome will have developed the characteristic plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s in […]

Looking for answers beyond the brain

Katy Stubbs

Our brains don’t exist in isolation, separate from the rest of the body, but are connected in a variety of ways. While dementia is caused by diseases of the brain, researchers are looking for answers in other parts of the body to understand how changes there could be impacting the brain. Here at the Alzheimer’s […]

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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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What do fizzy drinks and TV watching have to do with brain health?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We often talk about brain health and dementia risk on this blog, and how it’s a complex mix of age, our genes and the lifestyles we lead. It’s also a highly active area of research, with scientists across the globe working to understand why some people develop dementia and others don’t. This week at the […]

Prime Minister supports revolutionary early diagnosis effort

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

One important myth to overturn another

Hilary Evans

A couple of years ago, Alzheimer’s Research UK launched its first-ever awareness advertising campaign, with an arresting and urgent film designed to shake society by the lapels in how it thinks about dementia. This is a condition that is hamstrung by decades of sweeping under the carpet; seldom talked-about and frequently misunderstood. In recent years, we […]

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US study highlights potential challenges for future dementia treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

A study of the US healthcare system released yesterday says the current structure is insufficient to quickly deliver future treatments for people living with dementia. Although the US and UK health systems are inherently different, this review of the American system is a reminder of the need within our own health system to prepare for […]