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Cracking dementia: the challenge of our generation

Dr Simon Ridley

In the 1980s the world sat up and took notice of AIDS spreading through groups across the world – quickly identified by scientists as caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). What happened in this decade in response to the growing epidemic was a collective movement across society. Activism driven by community groups, as well […]

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International Clinical Trials Day: The power of clinical research to find a cure

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As International Clinical Trials Day conveniently falls in the middle of Dementia Awareness Week, it is the perfect opportunity to talk about how clinical trials are changing the future for dementia. Dementia doesn’t discriminate between age, ethnicity or wealth, and there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. With no new treatments […]

In the news: B vitamins and Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

A new analysis of several clinical trials has drawn a conclusion that will dismay many: taking B vitamins does not slow the decline in memory and thinking skills that comes with age. The results suggest that B vitamins are unlikely to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The news is the opposite of what we, and the hundreds of thousands of […]

Detox, Diet and Dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This is a cross Blog post with The Huffington Post UK. It’s that time of year again. We’ve overindulged and now feel slightly guilty about it. Well I do anyway. So our thoughts turn to healthy eating – something we’re constantly told is good for us and can help lower our risk of a whole […]

When will there be new Alzheimer’s treatments?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We desperately need new treatments for Alzheimer’s. While current treatments can help people with symptoms, over 100 years of research hasn’t given us a treatment that can stop this devastating disease. But we are getting closer, with more treatments than ever before in development. Targeting the disease process Understanding the processes in the brain that […]

Behind the headlines: Ginkgo biloba for Alzheimer’s

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We’ve all seen stories and adverts for products that claim to improve your memory or boost the brain. Widely available, at a cost, these products tempt many who are looking for something that could help relieve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. One, ginkgo biloba, has been extensively researched and sadly there’s now convincing evidence it can […]