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Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s – separating fact from fiction

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

Coconut oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s? It’s one of those claims that has rumbled on for a few years now, but so far research has been inconclusive so there’s little evidence to say it can be of any help. Companies selling nutritional drinks and making claims about their effects don’t count. And while anecdotes from […]

Santa Forgot and my family

Laura Thomas

With Christmas fast approaching, it signals that time when we start to see the big budget, high-profile TV adverts for the usual brands, all trying to outdo each other. But this year sees a new advert that’s got everyone talking and a lot of us shedding a tear. I’m talking, of course, about Alzheimer’s Research […]

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Using computers to decode Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

It might sound like something from a science fiction movie but computers are telling us more and more about the human brain and how it works. In 2013, the European Commission launched a multi-million pound Human Brain Project (HBP) with the goal of integrating work from multiple research teams to create a supercomputer simulation of […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Neil Oxtoby

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

Dr Neil Oxtoby from UCL (University College London) has just been awarded a little over £100,000 from Alzheimer’s Research UK and three other global international funders through an initiative called Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND). BAND is supporting 11 international research projects to better characterise the similarities and differences between diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. […]

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Taking a closer look at blood flow in the brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

When talking about dementia we often focus on nerve cells – they are, after all, in charge of everything we do and think. But nerve cells aren’t lone rangers. Just like there’s no Sherlock Holmes without Watson, no Starsky without Hutch and no Ant without Dec, nerve cells and the blood vessels that supply the […]

The future of dementia is orange

Hilary Evans

Hopefully you’ve had the chance to take a look at our thought-provoking new campaign film #sharetheorange featuring ARUK supporter Christopher Eccleston. Why have we taken this unusual approach to communication? And what’s with the orange? There’s a simple answer to the first question: if there’s one health issue that would benefit from different way of […]

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In the news: What is healthy ageing and how do we know we’re doing it?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

The UK population is ageing. In the middle of last year, the Office of National Statistics reported that the UK population was the oldest it had ever been. Around the same time, the papers reported that the Centenary team at Whitehall would need to expand to meet the 70% rise in centenarians over the past […]

Dementia researchers are leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for new treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

A major goal of dementia research is to find treatments that will benefit the millions of people around the world living with the condition. At this week’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference we’ve heard results from a number of clinical trials – research studies designed to test whether potential treatments are safe and effective. Diseases like […]

Dementia: it’s not all about Alzheimer’s or memory

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEleanor Hall

It’s a common misconception that dementia is all about Alzheimer’s and that it’s all about memory loss. Alzheimer’s may be the most common cause of dementia and memory loss one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s but it’s nowhere near the whole picture of dementia. Here at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in the […]