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Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Alzheimer's Research UK described it is a "growing area of…
Older hospital patients with dementia may be "suffering in silence" because they are unable to communicate the pain they are in, a new study suggests. Experts from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London set out to investigate the link between pain and delirium among people…
A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cognitive rehabilitation. It entails practitioners working with people with dementia and their…
A pioneering workshop to educate university students on dementia awareness has been successful in changing misconceptions. The Dementia Detectives workshop was created by Dr Sahdia Parveen from the University of Bradford and was initially developed as an awareness initiative for secondary school students aged 14 to 16 years. The hour-long…
A vaccine which could be used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease has reached the next stage of clinical trials. ACI-24, developed by Swiss-based pharmaceutical company AC Immune, will be tested among patients with a mild or moderate form of the condition. Charity Alzheimer's Research UK said the vaccine represents…
Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mobile digital storytelling in a Brazilian care home’, focuses on the role of technology and dementia and how…
Black people have higher rates of dementia diagnosis compared to other ethnic groups, a new study suggests. But people from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed with the condition, compared to patients who are black or white. Researchers from University College London (UCL) and King's College London…
Abstinence from alcohol in middle age has been linked to a heightened risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Both people who drink over the recommended limits and those who are teetotal in midlife are at an increased risk, researchers found. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal…
A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
Low dose aspirin may help cells in the brain to clear away a toxic protein molecule at the core of Alzheimer's, early research suggests. Scientists showed the common pain killer stimulated cellular machinery that acts as a waste disposal system to keep the brain "clean". Genetically engineered mice given the…
Actor Simon Pegg has lent his support to a new dementia awareness campaign by appearing in a video that explains how the condition affects the brain. The Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz star, 48, provides the introduction and narration for charity Alzheimer's Research UK's two-minute clip. Titled Dementia…
Experts have strongly condemned "irresponsible" and "deeply cynical" claims that a new food supplement can slow the progress of Alzheimer's. A study of 13 patients found that a combination of fish oil and eye-protective nutrients led to "significant" improvements in memory, sight and mood. Trial patients who took the Memory…
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