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Apr 30, 2018

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Genetics and dementia risk: ApoE4

Genetics and dementia risk: ApoE4

Understanding how our genetic make-up is linked to our risk of developing a neurodegenerative disorder such as dementia, and how it influences disease progression, could be key to developing new treatments. However, the diseases that cause dementia are extremely complex, ..

Apr 16, 2018

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Vitamin D: the brain’s Wunderkind

Vitamin D: the brain’s Wunderkind

In recent years there has been an increasing number of studies pointing towards the importance of Vitamin D in human health. Many conditions have been linked to Vitamin D deficiency, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple sclerosis and Dementia. Vitamin ..

Apr 2, 2018

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Air pollution and dementia: Clean air, clean brain?

Air pollution and dementia: Clean air, clean brain?

Posted in : All, Research, Treatment & Therapies on by : Giulia Melchiorre

The causes of dementia are complex and often not well-understood. Only a small percentage of dementia cases can be explained by genetic mutations. In addition, 7 potentially modifiable risk factors have been identified: diabetes, midlife hypertension and obesity, smoking, depression, ..

Mar 15, 2018

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Happy heart, Happy brain

Happy heart, Happy brain

Age has long been identified as the biggest risk factor for dementia, i.e. the older we get, the higher our chances of getting dementia. However, there are other risk factors that influence how likely it is that a person gets ..

Mar 5, 2018

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Film review: Alive Inside (2014)

Film review: Alive Inside (2014)

„Who are we without our memories?” The documentary follows Dan Cohen, the founder of ’Music and Memory’, on his mission to reform the way society approaches dementia care. He is bringing music into nursing homes, demonstrating the possibilities that one’s ..

Feb 26, 2018

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Why Pfizer ended its neuroscience discovery programme

Why Pfizer ended its neuroscience discovery programme

Posted in : All, Research, Treatment & Therapies on by : Giulia Melchiorre
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  • In the beginning of this year, Pfizer, the third largest pharmaceutical company in the world, announced that it would end its neuroscience discovery programme, effectively ending all research into finding new treatments for dementia. This has come as a shock ..

    Dec 25, 2017

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    The Healing Power of Music

    The Healing Power of Music

    “Music connects people with who they have been, who they are and their lives. Because what happens when you get old is all the things you are familiar with, and your identity, it all just begins peeling away…” – Alive Inside ..

    Dec 11, 2017

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    Hope for new dementia treatments: Dementia prevention and the future of dementia care

    Hope for new dementia treatments: Dementia prevention and the future of dementia care

    Posted in : All, Dementia Care, Research, Treatment & Therapies on by : Giulia Melchiorre

    Dementia prevention When we think of future clinical trials and new treatments for dementia, we often think of new drugs. However, such disease-modifying treatments are only one of many avenues, and another big hope for future generations is dementia prevention.The ..

    Dec 4, 2017

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    Hope for new dementia treatments: Tai-Chi, reviving an ancient practice

    Hope for new dementia treatments: Tai-Chi, reviving an ancient practice

    Dementia and mobility When we think of dementia, most of us think of a disorder that affects mainly cognition, such as memory or thinking abilities. However, research has shown that people with dementia can also have significant mobility issues. It ..

    Nov 27, 2017

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    How a Colombian family is changing the face of clinical trials

    How a Colombian family is changing the face of clinical trials

    La Bobera In 1982 Dr Francisco Lopera was working at Medellin’s University of Antioquia in Colombia when he had a curious encounter. In his neurology clinic he met a man aged only 47, who displayed dementia symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s ..