Physical Activity Cuts Risk of Cognitive Decline and Vascular Dementia

Research has found that older people who regularly take part in physical activities have a lower risk of cognitive problems and vascular dementia. The study is a collaborative effort between scientists across Europe and is published in the journal Stroke. The study involved 638 elderly people with an average age … Continue reading

New Study Investigates Aluminium and Alzheimer’s Link

Research led by scientists at Keele University has suggested that silicon-rich mineral water may improve cognitive decline by clearing aluminium from the body. The study, which adds to the discussion around the link between the metal and Alzheimer’s disease, is published on 12 October in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. … Continue reading

Common Anti-Anxiety Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk in Over 65s

New research suggests that a class of drug called benzodiazepines, commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, may increase the risk of dementia in people over the age of 65. The study of 1063 people is published online on 27 September in the British Medical Journal. The study was … Continue reading

Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s: Now is Not the Time to Give Up

Recent failures of two clinical trials into Alzheimer’s disease have lead to fears over the future of research to find new treatments. Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, explains what can be learned from these trials, and why now is not the time to give up. The recent failure … Continue reading

Sleep Hormone and Exercise Show Alzheimer’s Benefits in Mice

A study has shown that a combination of physical exercise and treatment with the hormone melatonin could have benefits in mice bred to show features of Alzheimer’s. The research was published this week in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. The hormone melatonin is involved in the control of the sleep-wake … Continue reading

Book Of Celebrity Memories Raises £20,000 In Aid Of Alzheimer’S Research UK

As Christmas approaches, a book of celebrity memories about the science-fiction drama Doctor Who, entitled Behind the Sofa, is flying off the shelves to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Jonathan Ross, Lynda Bellingham, Al Murray and Martina Cole are among more than 100 famous contributors. All the proceeds from … Continue reading

Polar Trek Makes Big Strides For Alzheimer’S Research UK

Laden with sledges and rucksacks, a group of staff from Great Shelford-based charity Alzheimer’s Research UK made a chilly trek to the Polar Museum in Cambridge today, Friday 7 December. The four mile escapade was arranged to show solidarity with Iceland Foods Chief Executive, Malcolm Walker, who attempted to reach … Continue reading

Women with Alzheimer’s May Have Worse Cognitive Skills Than Men

A study by UK researchers suggests women with Alzheimer’s may experience worse cognitive decline than men with the disease. The research, which analysed data from 15 separate studies is published on Friday 24 August in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. The researchers at the University of Hertfordshire carried out a meta-analysis … Continue reading

Epilepsy Drug Reduces Signs of Alzheimer’s in Mice

Research has found that an epilepsy drug – levetiracetam – can reduce some features of Alzheimer’s in mice. The study is published online today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Changes in electrical activity in the brain have been reported in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Mice … Continue reading

Southampton Scientists Reveal New Clues to Alzheimer’s Risk Gene

A study by scientists at the University of Southampton has revealed new clues to why people who carry the Alzheimer’s risk gene APOE4 may be more likely to develop the disease. The findings, which link the risk gene to clearance of the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein amyloid, take scientists a step … Continue reading

Immunotherapy May Stabilise Alzheimer’s Symptoms: Phase 2 Trial Report

Results of a phase two clinical trial suggest an immunotherapy treatment may be able to stabilise Alzheimer’s symptoms over three years. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York, tested intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) – a treatment that is currently given to people with immune deficiencies – in people with … Continue reading

Dietary Supplement Citicoline May Slow Decline in Vascular Dementia

Italian researchers presented findings from a study using citicoline in people with mild vascular dementia. The dietary supplement is a naturally occurring compound needed for the production of the fats which make up the membranes of our cells. It is believed that citicoline may help repair damage from injured blood … Continue reading

Older Binge Drinkers Warned of Risk of Cognitive Decline

The findings of two new studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 (AAIC 2012) in Vancouver have highlighted patterns of alcohol consumption that may increase risk of cognitive problems. The research cautions that moderate alcohol use by women and binge drinking by people who are not normally heavy … Continue reading

UK’s Leading Dementia Research Charity Increases Commitment to £20m

UK dementia scientists are set to gain from a huge funding boost after Alzheimer’s Research UK committed a record amount of money to new research projects. The UK’s leading dementia research charity has pledged a further £5.5m investment in new projects, increasing its current commitment to research to over £20m. … Continue reading

Liverpool Scientist Starts Work on New Alzheimer’s Drugs

A dementia scientist at the University of Liverpool is about to embark on an innovative project to develop new drugs aimed at stopping Alzheimer’s disease. The work is funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK and is as part of our recent announcement of £5.5m for new research projects to tackle the … Continue reading

Cognitive Activity Throughout Life Linked to Lower Levels of Alzheimer’s Protein

Scientists in the US have found that healthy older people who have engaged in cognitive stimulation activities throughout their life have lower levels of the protein amyloid in their brains, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s. The study is published online today in the journal Archives of Neurology. The researchers recruited 65 … Continue reading

Councillor Tony Orgee Backs Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Big Walk

The Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Tony Orgee, is urging everyone to take part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Big Walk in the county on Sunday 13 May. The UK’s leading dementia research charity, based in Great Shelford, aims to raise £50,000 for pioneering dementia research. Hundreds of people … Continue reading

Genetic Factors May Influence Intelligence Change Throughout Life

An international team of scientists has discovered that genetic factors are likely to influence how much a person’s intelligence changes, in comparison to their peers, throughout their lifetime. The study of nearly 2,000 people, which was part-funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, is the first of its kind to look at … Continue reading

UK’s Largest Dementia Research Conference Comes to Birmingham in 2012

Over 250 leading dementia scientists from across the globe will gather in Birmingham this week for Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2012, the country’s largest dedicated dementia research conference. The event, which takes place on 27 and 28 March, will share the latest evidence on a wide range of research topics, … Continue reading

Virtual Reality Exercise Games May Improve Cognition in Older Adults

Scientists in the US today revealed the finding of a clinical trial investigating the effects of “exergaming”, or virtual reality-enhanced exercise, on cognition in a group of older adults. The study, one of the first trials of its kind, showed greater cognitive benefit for those who played exergames than those … Continue reading

Coleraine Researchers Find New Drugs Boost Brain Cell Growth

Scientists in Northern Ireland have found drugs that mimic some of the actions of insulin may encourage the growth of new brain cells. It’s hoped the study, funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, could pave the way for the design of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of … Continue reading

Nicotine Patches May Slow Progression to Alzheimer’s

Scientists in the US today announced clinical trial results showing that nicotine patches may improve cognitive performance in elderly people with early memory problems. The findings could take scientists a step closer to the development of new treatments to tackle dementia. The study, published in the journal Neurology, was completed … Continue reading

Stacey Solomon Gets It Right for Cambs Charity in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Stacey Solomon, who shot to fame in The X Factor in 2009, has won £12,500 for Great Shelford-based Alzheimer’s Research UK, on ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Stacey sat in the hot seat for the Celebrity New Year Special, broadcast on Tuesday 3 January, and teamed up with … Continue reading

Stem Cell Technology Reveals Clues to Alzheimer’s

Scientists in the US have used stem cells from patients to overcome the challenge of obtaining live brain cells, allowing them to learn more about the causes of Alzheimer’s. The study, published online today in the journal Nature, provides new opportunities for scientists to model the complex disease. Induced pluripotent … Continue reading

Bath Scientists Secure £220k Funding Boost for Dementia Research

A major research project into the role of iron in dementia with Lewy bodies is getting underway in Bath, thanks to grants worth £220,500 from two charities dedicated to funding dementia research. Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s research charity BRACE have teamed up to fund a unique three-year project that … Continue reading

Cambridge Scientists Use Down’s Syndrome Stem Cells to Model Alzheimer’s

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new and innovative way to study Alzheimer’s disease in the lab. The stem cell technique, which allows researchers to track the disease over a matter of weeks, could provide a valuable tool for scientists to unravel the complexity of Alzheimer’s and … Continue reading