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Obesity link to memory and thinking problems in healthy adults

Published: 18 November 2014

Obesity in healthy older adults may be linked to memory and thinking problems, according to research presented at Neuroscience 2014 in Washington DC today (18 November 2014).

Disturbed sleep patterns could cause memory problems

Published: 18 November 2014

Eating during normal times for sleep may be harmful to memory according to a study presented at Neuroscience 2014 conference in Washington DC today (Tuesday 18 November 2014).

Therapy programme significantly improves carers' mental health and quality of life

Published: 18 November 2014

Giving dementia carers stress coping strategies and emotional support can significantly improve clinical depression and quality of life, finds a Lancet Psychiatry study published today (19 November).

New imaging technique could show us the progression of inflammation in the brain

Published: 17 November 2014

The development of a 'tracer' that could show changes in the brain associated with inflammation will be reported today (17 November 2014) at the Neuroscience 2014 conference in Washington DC.

Vitamin B may not reduce the risk of memory loss

Published: 12 November 2014

Vitamin B may not reduce the risk of memory loss according to a new study (Wednesday 12 November) in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Antibodies cross blood-brain barrier in primates

Published: 5 November 2014

Antibodies could cross blood-brain barriers in primates, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine today (Wednesday 5 November 2014).

Diabetes drugs may be the best available treatment for Alzheimer's disease

Published: 4 November 2014

Two type 2 diabetes drugs, lixisenatide and liraglutide, can protect the brains of mice from the effects of Alzheimer's disease, finds a study published today in Neuropharmacology.

Height associated with increased risk of dementia

Published: 3 November 2014

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that people who are shorter have an increased risk of dying with dementia – with this risk found to be stronger in men.

Secrets of old age pave way for a healthier Britain

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Published: 31 October 2014

Leading health specialists have used the findings of a 35-year study as an evidence base to call on members of the UK public to take responsibility for their own health.

Study claims antioxidants in cocoa can improve cognition

Published: 26 October 2014

A diet high in cocoa bean flavanols could enhance cognitive function in middle aged people, according to a study published online in Nature Neuroscience today (Sunday 26 October).

Personality traits such as neuroticism could increase risk of Alzheimer's in women, study suggests

Published: 1 October 2014

Middle aged women with certain personality traits such as introversion and neuroticism may be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in Neurology today (1 October)

Memory slips may signal increased risk of dementia

Published: 24 September 2014

People without dementia who report memory issues may be more likely to develop dementia later, even if they have no clinical signs of the disease, according to a study.

Obesity in mid-life increases the risk of developing dementia

Published: 20 August 2014

Obesity in mid-life is linked to a heightened risk of dementia in later life, concludes an observational study published online today (Wednesday 20 August) in Postgraduate Medical Journal.

DNA modification linked to Alzheimer's disease

Published: 17 August 2014

Markers added to DNA around the ANK1 gene could be linked to brain changes in Alzheimer's disease, according to new research published in Nature Neuroscience today (Sunday 17 August 2014).

Low levels of vitamin D linked to higher dementia risk

Published: 6 August 2014

People with very low levels of vitamin D in the blood may be twice as likely to develop dementia, according to a large British study published in Neurology today (6 August 2014).

A new service to connect people to dementia research studies

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Published: 31 July 2014

A new service to connect people to dementia research studies is being piloted in North Thames.

Depression could be separate risk factor for dementia, study suggests

Published: 30 July 2014

Depression could increase a person's risk of developing dementia independently of the biological factors thought to cause the dementia, according to new research published in Neurology (30 July 2014).

Clinical trial shows offering health guidance to people in later life may prevent early memory problems

Published: 16 July 2014

A comprehensive two-year clinical trial has shown a combined approach involving exercise, diet, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health can significantly improve memory.

Course for dementia carers reduces anxiety and depression in the long term

Published: 16 July 2014

An eight-week course which provides education, stress relief and emotional support for dementia carers is the first cost-effective programme to reduce anxiety and depression for two years.

Fewer cases of dementia reported in developed nations suggests possibility of prevention and risk reduction

Published: 15 July 2014

A series of new research studies exploring the prevalence and incidence* of dementia worldwide have today been presented (Tuesday 15 July 2014).

Playing games and puzzles correlates with brain volume and function in middle age

Published: 14 July 2014

Time spent playing games and puzzles correlates to brain volume in middle age.

Poor sleep linked to increased risk of dementia in Forces veterans

Published: 14 July 2014

Armed Forces veterans who experienced sleep problems were linked with a 30 per cent increased chance of developing dementia in research presented today (Monday July 14).

One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide could be prevented, suggests new estimate

Published: 14 July 2014

As many as one in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide could be prevented by modifying lifestyle factors, according to a study published today (14 July 2014) in the journal, Lancet Neurology.

Cataracts surgery improves memory in people with dementia

Published: 13 July 2014

Cataract surgery can benefit people with dementia's ability to recall memories as well as vision.

Eye scans could detect Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 July 2014

Eye scans could be used to detect Alzheimer's disease, according to new research presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen today (13 July 2014).

Loss of smell linked to cognitive decline and dementia in older people

Published: 13 July 2014

A decreased ability to identify odours could be an early indicator of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, according to research presented today (13 July 2014).

Smoking increases risk of dementia, according to World Health Organization

Published: 9 July 2014

Smokers have a 45 per cent higher risk of developing all forms of dementia than non-smokers, according to a report published today (Wednesday 9 July).

Blood proteins can predict dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment

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Published: 8 July 2014

A number of proteins in the blood could predict the transition between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, according to research published today (Tuesday 8 July 2014).

Training in care homes reduces prescription of harmful anti-psychotics to people with dementia by a third

Published: 3 July 2014

An innovative training programme for care home staff has cut the use of inappropriate anti-psychotic drugs, which double the risk of death in people with dementia, by a third.

Traumatic brain injury linked to risk of dementia in Forces veterans

Published: 25 June 2014

Older Armed Forces veterans who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) were linked with a 60 per cent increased rate of developing dementia.

Cocoa-extract may counter specific mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 24 June 2014

Lavado – the least-processed form of cocoa – may rescue brain cell activity in the presence of a key protein in Alzheimer's disease called beta amyloid.

Prime Minister commits to new action on dementia as world leaders gather in London

Published: 19 June 2014

Research and development of new drugs for dementia will be fast tracked, Prime Minister David Cameron will announce today (19 June 2014).

Department for Business Innovation and Skills announces funding boost for Alzheimer's disease

Published: 9 June 2014

Today (9 June 2014) Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, announced £48 million of investment in 70 research projects, including a revolutionary blood test to identify Alzheimer's disease

AFFiRis shows potential of AD04 as first disease modifier for people with Alzheimer's disease in phase II clinical study

Published: 4 June 2014

AFFiRis is today (Wednesday 4 June) announcing that ADO4 could be the first ever drug to demonstrate disease modifying properties in Alzheimer's patients.

Undergraduate bursaries to encourage careers in dementia research

Published: 3 June 2014

As part of our Dementia Research Leaders programme, we fund undergraduate summer bursaries. This year, we have awarded bursaries to support 13 undergraduate students.

People with high levels of cynical distrust may be more likely to develop dementia, study says

Published: 28 May 2014

People with high levels of cynical distrust may be more likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Call for new policy focus on brain health to reduce the risk of dementia

Published: 23 May 2014

Action to tackle smoking, drinking, sedentary behaviour and poor diet could reduce the risk of dementia in later life alongside other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and many cancers.

Anti-depressant prevents amyloid build up in the brains of mice and men

Published: 14 May 2014

A study published in Science Translational Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, has discovered that the anti-depressant drug Citalopram reduces the production of amyloid beta.

Dementia research showcased at UCL open day

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Published: 13 May 2014

UCL Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre open their doors to the public to celebrate international clinical trials day on 20 May 2014.

Blood test for people with mild cognitive impairment may predict those at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Published: 14 April 2014

A study in Annals of Neurology found that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and high levels of copper in their bloodstream were at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Fitness and IQ at 18 may increase the risk of early-onset dementia, study suggests

Published: 25 March 2014

Teenagers with poor fitness and poor cognitive performance are seven times more likely to develop early-onset dementia, according to research published in the journal Brain (6 March 2014).

Hormone replacement therapy linked to potential reduction in risk of developing dementia

Published: 12 March 2014

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) given soon after menopause could help reduce the risk of developing dementia or mild cognitive impairment.

Brain scan could predict cognitive decline

Published: 12 March 2014

A brain scan could predict cognitive decline and help advance research into the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Centre in the US.

New blood markers could predict dementia risk

Published: 7 March 2014

A set of 10 molecules in blood could be used to predict with 90 per cent accuracy whether people are at greater risk of developing dementia within the next few years, according to researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, USA.

Chemicals present in cooked foods could be linked to Alzheimer's, says study

Published: 25 February 2014

Foods high in compounds called advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) could contribute to the build up of beta-amyloid, a major hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

Hundreds of thousands with dementia suffer from malnutrition, says report

Published: 11 February 2014

More attention needs to be focused on the problem of malnutrition in people living with dementia, according to a new report released from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and the Compass Group.

Diabetes and high oestrogen levels linked to increased dementia risk in older women

Published: 29 January 2014

Older women with both diabetes and naturally high oestrogen levels are 14 times more likely to develop dementia than women without diabetes, according to new research.

Study suggests link between pesticide, DDT and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 27 January 2014

Exposure to the pesticide DDT could be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, according a study published in the journal, JAMA Neurology today (27 January 2014).

New global partnership aims to accelerate dementia drug discovery

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Published: 24 January 2014

Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) are offering up to $1.5 million to new research projects which could speed up developing treatments for Alzheimer's and dementia.

Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids help boost brain volume, according to study

Published: 22 January 2014

People with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids obtained from a diet of fish may also have larger brain volumes in old age, according to a study published on Wednesday 22 January in Neurology.

Excessive alcohol consumption linked to cognitive ageing

Published: 15 January 2014

Excessive alcohol consumption in men during midlife is associated with faster cognitive ageing, according to a new study published in the journal of Neurology.

Welsh volunteers needed for Alzheimer's Society Research Network as charity pledges £100 million towards dementia research

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Published: 15 January 2014

Alzheimer's Society in Wales is calling for carers, former carers or people with dementia to support the charity as Research Network volunteers.

Rugby players to undergo compulsory concussion training

Published: 14 January 2014

English rugby's Professional Game Board (PGB) yesterday (13 January) announced plans to provide all Rugby Union players and coaches with mandatory concussion training ahead of the new season.

Alzheimer's Society comment on self-testing for dementia

Published: 13 January 2014

A new study from scientists at Ohio State University has found that a 15-minute 'selfie' test conducted at home can indicate early signs of mental decline.

Patient data could help save and improve lives

Published: 10 January 2014

Leading medical research charities led by the Association of Medical Research Charities, alongside the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, launched the 'Sharing data save lives' campaign.

Vitamin E has potential benefits for people with Alzheimer's, says study

Published: 31 December 2013

A daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia carry out everyday tasks for longer, according to a study published on Tuesday 31 December in the journal JAMA.

Alzheimer's Society responds to G8 Summit Communiqué

Published: 11 December 2013

Today (Wednesday 11 December 2013) leaders from the G8 nations met to develop a co-ordinated plan to tackle dementia. A communiqué has been issued from the summit.

£100 million committed to dementia research in next decade

Published: 11 December 2013

Alzheimer's Society make long-term funding promise to tackle dementia.

Research findings show exercise plays significant role in reducing risk of dementia

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Published: 10 December 2013

A study which monitored the health habits of 2,235 men over a 35-year period has found that exercise significantly reduces the risk of dementia.

The forgotten condition: Video shows dementia treatments fall a generation behind cancer

Derek and Yvonne Wilson

Published: 9 December 2013

Yvonne is a cancer survivor, but Derek has dementia that can't be cured.

Research highlights benefits of exercise for people with dementia

Published: 4 December 2013

Exercise may improve people with dementia's cognitive function and ability to carry out everyday tasks, according to systematic review published today (Wednesday 4 December) in The Cochrane Library.

Blood pressure drug could double up as first treatment for common form of dementia

Published: 3 December 2013

A 4p per day drug for high blood pressure could become the first ever treatment for one of the most common forms of dementia within a decade, say two leading charities.

Belfast leads new research into first treatment for common form of dementia

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Published: 3 December 2013

A 4p per day drug for high blood pressure could become the first ever treatment for one of the most common forms of dementia within a decade.

G8 dementia summit a unique opportunity for international leaders

Published: 25 November 2013

Ahead of the G8 dementia summit on 11 December, Alzheimer's Society and other international charities have today (25 November) sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Health.

Speaking more than one language delays the onset of dementia

Published: 6 November 2013

Research published in Neurology today (Wednesday 6 November 2013) shows that being bilingual may prevent the onset of dementia by on average, 4.5 years.

Study finds lower blood sugars may be good for your memory

Published: 24 October 2013

People with higher blood sugar levels are more likely to have memory problems, even if they don't have diabetes, according to a new study published in Neurology yesterday (Wednesday 23 October).

Statin found to prevent memory problems caused by surgery

Published: 17 October 2013

The commonly prescribed statin, atorvastatin, has been found to reduce inflammation in the brain that occurs after surgery in mice, which can lead to post-operative decline and Alzheimer's disease.

Hardening of the arteries may contribute to Alzheimer's in older people

Published: 16 October 2013

Older people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have a build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, even if they have no visible signs of dementia, according to new research.

Study identifies new compound that stops brain cell death

Published: 10 October 2013

A drug which can stop brain cell death has been discovered, according to research published yesterday (Wednesday 9 October).

Study suggests statins might reduce the risk of dementia

Published: 2 October 2013

A study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings yesterday (Tuesday 01 October) claims that statins pose no harm to people's memory.

Stress in mid life may increase risk of dementia, says study

Published: 30 September 2013

Women who suffer from a lot of stress in middle age may increase their risk of developing dementia in later life.

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors 'do not slow progression of cognitive impairment'

Published: 26 September 2013

A meta-analysis of research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal claims that acetylcholinesterase inhibitors don't slow the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Eating fish and nuts may not help thinking and memory, says study

Published: 25 September 2013

Eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish or nuts, may not protect against cognitive decline due to ageing, a study published online in Neurology today suggests.

Diabetes drug may reverse Alzheimer's and enters major clinical trial

Published: 11 September 2013

A commonly prescribed diabetes drug could reverse memory loss and the build-up of plaques on the brain linked to Alzheimer's, according to Alzheimer's Society funded research.

Scientists discover a protein that leads to Alzheimer's disease

Published: 4 September 2013

Scientists have identified a protein which they believe is involved in the complicated chain of events that lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Better hygiene could increase risk of Alzheimer's, study claims

Published: 4 September 2013

Better sanitation and hygiene and higher levels of urbanisation could be linked to higher rates of Alzheimer's disease.

New tool may help doctors predict dementia in people with diabetes

Published: 20 August 2013

A new tool to help doctors to predict the risk of developing dementia in people with type 2 diabetes has been developed by a team of researchers in California.

Study links copper to Alzheimer's disease

Published: 19 August 2013

Copper could help us further understand the formation of amyloid beta plaques in Alzheimer's disease.

Inability to recognise famous faces could be sign of dementia, study claims

Published: 12 August 2013

The ability to recognise and name famous faces could be an indicator of a particular rarer form of dementia in people aged 40-65 according to a study published in Neurology Tuesday 13 August.

Excessive drinking could increase risk of early-onset dementia

Published: 12 August 2013

Excessive alcohol intake in adolescence could increase the risk of developing early-onset dementia, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine yesterday (Monday 12 August 2013).

Hot chocolate may help keep the brain healthy, says study

Published: 8 August 2013

Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy, according to a study published today (Wednesday 7 August 2013) in Neurology®.

Women who breastfeed may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease

Published: 5 August 2013

Research published today (Monday 5 August 2013) in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that mothers who breast feed may be at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Anaemia linked to higher risk of dementia – Alzheimer's Society comment

Published: 31 July 2013

Anaemia and low levels of iron in blood may be linked to increased risk of dementia according to new research published in Neurology yesterday (Wednesday 31 July 2013).

Alzheimer's Society comment on link between poor dental health and dementia

Published: 30 July 2013

People with poor oral hygiene or gum disease may be at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

A blood test could potentially confirm whether someone has Alzheimer's disease

Published: 29 July 2013

This is according to early research published in Genome Biology today (Monday 29 July 2013)

Blood pressure drugs slow rate of cognitive decline, says study

Published: 26 July 2013

Blood pressure lowering drugs slow the rate of cognitive decline, according to research published yesterday (Thursday 25 July 2013) in the online journal BMJ open.

Self-reported memory problems could be an early indicator of brain changes linked to Alzheimer's disease

Published: 18 July 2013

Noticing changes in your own memory could be a an early indicator of cognitive changes linked to Alzheimer's disease.

Study shows lack of evidence to support population screening for dementia

Published: 17 July 2013

There is no evidence to support population screening for dementia and no indication of added value compared to current diagnosis methods according to Alzheimer's Society funded research.

Tau-binding compound sheds light on Alzheimer's through PET Imaging

Published: 17 July 2013

A new way of identifying the protein tau – a hallmark of dementia - in the brain has shed light on how the disease develops.

UK dementia prevalence may be lower than previously thought, study suggests

Published: 16 July 2013

The prevalence of dementia in the UK could be significantly lower than previously thought according to a study presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference today (Tuesday 16 July 2013

Online tests for Alzheimer's slammed by experts

Published: 16 July 2013

The scientific quality of publicly available free online tests for Alzheimer's disease has been called into question by a group of experts.

Diabetes drug could reduce risk of dementia by 20 per cent

Published: 15 July 2013

The most widely used drug for type 2 diabetes could reduce the risk of people with the condition developing dementia by as much as 20 per cent.

People who have cancer at reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, says study

Published: 15 July 2013

People who have cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer's according to a study being presented today (Monday, 15 July 2013) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

Therapy which may promote brain cell creation in animals to be safety tested on humans

Published: 15 July 2013

Scientists are to carry out tests to see whether a therapy which has been found to promote brain cell creation and improve cognitive function in animals, could be safe for people to use.

Targeting inflammation may help combat symptoms of Alzheimer's, study shows

Published: 15 July 2013

Boosting cells in the brain which help reduce inflammation could be a target to help treat Alzheimer's disease.

Drug could reverse buildup of Alzheimer's, study shows

Published: 15 July 2013

The buildup of proteins thought to be the key hallmark of Alzheimer's disease could be reversed by a new drug, according to research presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2013.

Alzheimer's could lower risk of cancer and vice versa, study claims

Published: 10 July 2013

Older people with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to also have cancer, and older people with cancer are less likely to also have Alzheimer’s disease.

Reading and mental stimulation linked to slower cognitive decline, study suggests

Published: 3 July 2013

Activities which promote mental stimulation such as reading books and doing crosswords at any age could be linked to slower rate of decline in cognitive function.

People with dementia tell funders to boost research into care

Published: 27 June 2013

Research into improving dementia care today is just as important as the search for a cure tomorrow according to a groundbreaking survey.

Study establishes link between silent mini-strokes and subsequent cognitive decline

Published: 19 June 2013

New research published in Neurology finds a significant link between people experiencing symptoms of a 'mini' or 'silent' stroke where symptoms resolve quickly and onset of memory or thinking problems

Rapid, irregular heartbeat could increase dementia risk

Published: 5 June 2013

Having a rapid and irregular heartbeat could be a risk factor for cognitive decline according to a study published in Neurology Wednesday 5 June 2013.

Anaesthesia increases the risk of dementia, says study

Published: 31 May 2013

Exposure to general anaesthesia increases the risk of dementia in the elderly by 35 per cent, according to new research.

Alzheimer's Society comment on treatment for a key hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 23 May 2013

A phase 3 trial exploring whether the compound LMTX can stop the development of a key hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease has been initiated by pharmaceutical company TauRx Therapies.

Skin cancer link to lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, says study

Published: 15 May 2013

People who have skin cancer may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published on Wednesday 15 May 2013 in Neurology®.

Alzheimer's Society response to research examining the link between obesity and dementia

Published: 13 May 2013

Increasing rates of obesity could significantly increase the number of people living with dementia according to evidence presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Liverpool this weekend.

Mediterranean diet could reduce risk of memory problems by a fifth, study shows

Published: 29 April 2013

Following a 'Mediterranean diet' including eating foods such as fruit, vegetables and olive oil, and avoiding saturated fat and red meat are linked with preserving cognitive function.

Professor Clive Ballard stands down from Alzheimer's Society management role

Professor Clive Ballard

Published: 25 April 2013

World-leading dementia researcher Professor Clive Ballard is standing down from his role as part time Director of Research within Alzheimer’s Society’s management.

Call for brain donors as Manchester, Newcastle and Cardiff scientists receive over a million pound boost for dementia research

Published: 22 April 2013

Dementia research in Manchester, Newcastle and Cardiff are to receive a boost as scientists launch brain banks to help combat the disease.

Study find genetic markers that tell us more about development of Alzheimer's

Published: 4 April 2013

Researchers have identified genetic markers for one of the two most common hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists map progression of key hallmark of Alzheimer's

Published: 27 February 2013

Scientists have identified a pattern of how amyloid plaques – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – develop.

Antioxidants might not reduce dementia risk, says study

Published: 20 February 2013

The total level of antioxidants is not related to someone’s risk of developing dementia or stroke according to a study published today (Wednesday, 20 February) in the online issue of Neurology®.

Review into new treatment for vascular dementia

Published: 31 January 2013

People with vascular dementia may benefit from a new treatment called Cerebrolysin, according to the results of a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library today (Thursday 31 January).

Launch of once a day drink for people with early Alzheimer's disease

Published: 14 January 2013

Today (Monday 14 January) an over the counter 125ml once a day drink has become available for people living with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia research underfunded, former Health Minister claims

Published: 10 January 2013

Former Care Minister Paul Burstow has today called for more investment in dementia research to enable scientists to find a cure and better treatments.

Study suggests Beta Blockers might reduce the risk of dementia

Published: 7 January 2013

A study released in San Diego toady has found that Beta Blockers might reduce the risk of dementia.

Government announces £22 million to boost dementia research

Published: 20 December 2012

Government spending on dementia research will be boosted by two thirds thanks to a £22 million cash injection announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Study suggests smoking and high blood pressure linked to cognitive decline

Published: 26 November 2012

Researchers at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust & King’s College London have identified several cardiovascular risk factors

Study identifies gene which influences development of Alzheimer's

Published: 20 November 2012

Scientists have identified a gene which could influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease according to research published in Molecular Psychiatry today (20 November 2012).

Regular physical activity reduces risk of dementia in older people

Published: 1 November 2012

Older people who engage in regular physical activity reduce their risk of vascular-related dementia by 40 percent and cognitive impairment by 60 percent according to a new study in the journal Stroke.

Everyday drugs could combat dementia, according to major study

Published: 31 October 2012

Medications used to treat hypertension, diabetes and skin conditions could be doubling as treatments for Alzheimer’s within 10 years according to researchers.

New clinical trial aims to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s, says study

Published: 30 October 2012

TauRX Therapies have today (Tuesday 30 October) announced the launch of two phase 3 clinical trials testing drug treatments to halt the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise in old age is better prevention for dementia than mental stimulation

Published: 23 October 2012

Exercising regularly in old age may better protect against brain shrinkage than engaging in mental or social activities, according to a new study published in the journal, Neurology®.

Passion and a pledge in new Director's fight against dementia

Dr Doug Brown

Published: 17 October 2012

Inspired by a passion for research, Dr Doug Brown is Alzheimer’s Society’s latest weapon in the fight against dementia.

Nasal spray could help diagnose Alzheimer's disease

Published: 16 October 2012

A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probe could lead to a test for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease according to findings presented at Neuroscience 2012 conference in New Orleans.

Silicon-rich water reduces aluminium levels and could help us to measure the metal’s relationship with Alzheimer’s, says study

Published: 12 October 2012

Drinking silicon-rich mineral water may reduce aluminium levels in people with Alzheimer’s, which could allow us to measure the effects of aluminium on the disease.

Anxiety and sleep drug could increase risk of dementia in over 65s

Published: 28 September 2012

People over 65 who take a drug used to treat anxiety and sleep problems could increase their risk of developing dementia by 50 per cent according to new research.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on development of drugs for dementia

Published: 19 September 2012

Reports in today’s press (19 September 2012) speculate that major pharmaceutical companies are scaling down research and development of new drugs to treat dementia.

Genes link dementia and cataracts, study suggests

Published: 11 September 2012

A possible DNA link between age related cataracts and Alzheimer’s disease has been identified by research published in the journal PLoS One.

Herbal remedy does not prevent people developing Alzheimer's, large study shows

Published: 6 September 2012

Ginkgo biloba does not significantly reduce older people’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to research published in Lancet Neurology.

Results of Solanezumab clinical trials in people with Alzheimer's disease announced

Published: 24 August 2012

Eli Lilly and Company has announced that Solanezumab has not met key trial goals when tested as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Obesity and diabetes increase risk of dementia, study suggests

Published: 20 August 2012

Obesity in middle age could be a major risk factor for dementia, according to new research published in Neurology.

Families of people with protein linked to inflammation at reduced risk of dementia, study claims

Published: 15 August 2012

Older people who have a high level of a protein linked to inflammation and do not have dementia are less likely to have relatives with dementia, according to a study published on Neurology online.

Study suggests flavanols in cocoa drink could improve cognitive function

Published: 14 August 2012

A cocoa-based milk drink could improve cognitive function in older people, according to a study published in the journal Hypertension today (Tuesday 14 August 2012).

Coordinated community intervention reduces care home need

Published: 18 July 2012

Research shows that a co-ordinated, multidisciplinary approach to care in the home can improve quality of life and greatly reduce the need for people with dementia to leave their homes.

Potential drug could benefit cognition in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's

Published: 18 July 2012

A potential new drug could bring benefits for cognition in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s, research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggests.

Nutritional drink could have memory benefits for people with Alzheimer's, study claims

Published: 18 July 2012

A nutritional drink could have a beneficial effect on the memory of people with mild Alzheimer’s according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Dietary supplement shows memory benefits in people with vascular cognitive impairment, study claims

Published: 18 July 2012

An off-the-shelf dietary supplement could have memory benefits for people with mild vascular cognitive impairment according to new research.

Potential new Alzheimer's treatment could prevent symptom decline for three years

Published: 17 July 2012

A drug taken by people with immune deficiency could help stabilise symptoms in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s for three years according to research.

Binge drinking could increase risk of cognitive decline in older adults

Published: 17 July 2012

Older adults who binge drink are increasing their risk of cognitive decline, according to University of Exeter research being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

People with MCI at greater risk of social isolation, says study

Published: 16 July 2012

People with Mild Cognitive Impairment are at greater risk of social isolation according to a study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 (AAIC 2012) in Vancouver.

Scientists create new model of Alzheimer's using skin cells from people with the condition

Published: 16 July 2012

Scientists at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 told how they turned skin cells from 12 people with Alzheimer’s and their unaffected family members into brain cells.

Too much or too little sleep linked to cognitive decline

Published: 16 July 2012

A group of research studies presented at Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference 2012 point to a link between quantity and quality of sleep and risk of cognitive decline.

Change in walking speed could signal risk of cognitive impairment

Published: 13 July 2012

Slow walking pace or a change in stride could indicate a decline in cognitive function, according to a group of new research studies

Regular exercise could reduce decline in people with mild cognitive impairment

Published: 13 July 2012

Exercise can help reduce cognitive decline in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

US study establishes first detailed timeline for brain's descent into Alzheimer's

Published: 12 July 2012

Scientists have evaluated a variety of pre-symptomatic markers of Alzheimer's disease in 128 subjects from families genetically predisposed to develop the disorder.

Research shows gene mutation could reduce chance of Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 11 July 2012

Researchers in Iceland have identified a mutation in the APP gene – a gene usually associated with the development of Alzheimer’s – that actually protects against the disease.

Stress link to Alzheimer's goes under the spotlight

Published: 25 June 2012

Chronic stress is being investigated in a new Alzheimer’s Society funded research project as a risk factor for developing dementia.

Care home training programme aims to reduce antipsychotic prescriptions

Published: 16 June 2012

Thousands of people with dementia could be protected from being inappropriately prescribed dangerous antipsychotic drugs thanks to a new Alzheimer’s Society care home training programme.

Active vaccination of ankyrin protein to reduce beta amyloid

Published: 13 June 2012

Results of a study exploring the active vaccination of ankyrin G (AnkG) in mice to reduce levels of beta-amyloid which is thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease, has today been published.

Walking speed could be early indicator of Mild Cognitive Impairment

Published: 12 June 2012

Slow walking speed or a decrease in walking speed in later life could be an indication of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) according to research published in Neurology.

Drinking coffee reduces your risk of dementia, says study

Published: 6 June 2012

Research has suggested drinking coffee could protect people over 65 against the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Cholesterol may bind with key Alzheimer's protein

Published: 1 June 2012

A section of protein which helps make up amyloid plaques – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s – could bind with cholesterol according to research published in the journal Science.

Study identifies potential way to stop brain cell death

Published: 4 May 2012

Researchers have identified a way to prevent brain cell death according to an article published in the journal Nature.

Eating fish, chicken and nuts could lower chances of Alzheimer's, says study

Published: 3 May 2012

Eating foods containing omega 3 fatty acids including fish, chicken, salad dressing and nuts could lower levels of a protein linked with Alzheimer’s, a study published online in Neurology suggests.

Computer use combined with exercise could reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment

Published: 1 May 2012

Moderate exercise combined with mentally stimulating activities such as using a computer could decrease your risk of mild cognitive impairment according to recently published research.

Study suggests exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease at any age

Published: 18 April 2012

A study to be published in the online issue of Neurology (18 April 2012) has found that daily exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease at any age, including in people over the age of 80.

New drug could help improve dementia diagnosis rates

Published: 16 April 2012

A new drug to detect beta amyloid – one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s - could help doctors to diagnose the disease earlier according to research presented on Sunday 15 April 2012.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Thomson Reuters review of research into dementia

Published: 20 March 2012

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters have announced findings that the quality of dementia research in the United Kingdom is second in the world.

Brain training improves cognitive function in older people, says study

Published: 9 March 2012

Brain training can help improve cognitive function in older people with dementia according to research by scientists in Japan.

Evidence that activity-based therapies and care can reduce the use of antipsychotics

Published: 9 March 2012

Activity-based therapies and care have the potential to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia.

Some antipsychotic drugs could increase death risk in elderly people with dementia

Published: 24 February 2012

New research suggests nursing home residents over the age of 65 who take certain antipsychotic medications for dementia are at an increased risk of death.

Walk and grip in middle age may predict dementia and stroke risk

Published: 15 February 2012

Research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting on Wednesday 15 February found simple tests could indicate likelihood of developing dementia or stroke.

Disrupted sleep could increase chances of developing Alzheimer's, research says

Published: 14 February 2012

People who wake up regularly during the night are more likely to develop amyloid plaques, proteins associated with Alzheimer's, according to new research.

New findings on 'critical junction' in the brain could have implications for treating Alzheimer's

Published: 10 February 2012

Scientists testing on epilepsy patients have identified a 'critical junction' in the brain which is considered the doorway to the hippocampus.

Cancer drug improves symptoms of Alzheimer's in mice, study says

Published: 10 February 2012

An existing cancer drug seems to improve many of the effects of Alzheimer's disease in mice, a study published in the journal Science has found.

Alzheimer's hallmark could affect brain function of healthy adults, study claims

Published: 2 February 2012

High levels of the protein amyloid beta in the brain – a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease - could also be associated with the memory and mental function of healthy adults.

Men are more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than women, study claims

Published: 26 January 2012

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may affect more men than women, research recently published in the journal Neurology claims.

Study suggests regular brain stimulating activity could reduce risk of dementia

Published: 24 January 2012

A report suggests people who keep their brains active throughout life with cognitively stimulating activities such as reading, writing and playing games appear to have reduced levels of beta-amyloid.

Nursing home residents with dementia could be at increased risk of falling due to antidepressants

Published: 19 January 2012

Results published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Thursday 19 January) show that antidepressants are associated with increased risk of falling in nursing home residents with dementia.

Virtual reality exercise games could be better than regular exercise for the brain

Published: 17 January 2012

Computerised exercise games could have more cognitive benefits for older people than traditional exercise according to a new study.

Cell search for key to dementia

Virginie Sottile

Published: 16 January 2012

A research project designed to help develop new treatments to replace brain cells lost during dementia is being launched at Nottingham University.

Nicotine improves cognitive ability, says study

Published: 9 January 2012

Nicotine has been shown to improve cognitive performance in non-smokers according to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Cognitive decline can begin from age 45, study reveals

Published: 5 January 2012

Cognitive function can start to decline from the age of 45, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (Thursday 5 January).

Alzheimer's signs can be spotted ten years before symptoms appear, says study

Published: 3 January 2012

People with Mild Cognitive Impairment who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s could be spotted ten years before the disease develops according to a study.

Study suggests behaviour and mental exercise regime postpones progression of dementia symptoms in people in care homes

Published: 1 December 2011

Researchers have found that people with dementia in care homes who were enrolled on a 12 month regime of behavioural and mental exercises showed a postponement of the progression of the symtoms

Eating fish reduces your risk of developing cognitive decline, says study

Published: 30 November 2011

Researchers in Chicago have found that people who eat baked or grilled fish on a weekly basis may be at a reduced risk of developing cognitive decline.

Alzheimer's Society comment on deep brain stimulation research

Published: 28 November 2011

An article in New Scientist magazine suggests brain shrinkage in people with Alzheimer’s disease can be reversed in some cases – by jolting the degenerative tissue with electrical impulses.

Study suggests link between early Alzheimer's disease and low body mass index (BMI)

Published: 22 November 2011

People in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease may be more likely to have a lower body mass index according to a study published in Neurology (Monday 21 November 2011).

High blood pressure increases risk of cognitive decline

Published: 7 November 2011

Vascular risk factors, including high blood pressure and signs of heart disease, increase your chance of developing cognitive problems according to a study published in Neurology on 7 November.

Self-assessed poor health could be an indicator of dementia risk

Published: 5 October 2011

People who rate their health as poor or fair are significantly more likely to develop dementia later in life according to a study published online in Neurology Wednesday 5 October.

Research advances understanding of nerve cell death in Alzheimer’s

Published: 28 September 2011

Scientists have moved forward in their understanding of how nerve cells are killed during Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience (Wednesday 28 September).

Vitamin B could help with memory problems, says research

Published: 13 September 2011

Taking vitamin B could delay the progression of cognitive decline, according to two studies presented at the British Science Festival in Bradford today (Tuesday 13 September).

Up to 27 million people living with undiagnosed dementia worldwide, says report

Published: 13 September 2011

Three-quarters of the estimated 36 million people with dementia worldwide do not have a formal diagnosis, according to a major new report published today (Tuesday, 13 September).

High cholesterol linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s

Published: 13 September 2011

People with high cholesterol may be at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s according to a study published in Neurology today (Tuesday 13 September 2011).

Touch-screen test could play role in diagnosis of dementia

Published: 7 September 2011

British company Cambridge Cognition has today announced that it is planning to trial a computerised memory test in GP surgeries.

Higher density of blood vessels could point to Alzheimer’s

Published: 1 September 2011

A higher density of blood vessels in the brain could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease according to research published in the Public Library of Science ONE online.

Brain scan may identify Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, says study

Published: 24 August 2011

A brain scan may reveal those at risk of Alzheimer’s by highlighting changes in the brain before people experience symptoms, research published Wednesday, 24 August in Neurology suggests.

Vitamin C found to reduce amyloid plaques in mice with Alzheimer's disease

Published: 19 August 2011

New research has found vitamin C may help prevent the formation of amyloid-beta protein clumps that typically build up in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s disease.

£18 million for dementia research announced by the government

Published: 18 August 2011

The government has announced an £800 million investment in health research over the next five years today (Thursday, 18 August), including £18 million for dementia research.

Sleep disorders increase risk of dementia in older women, says study

Published: 10 August 2011

Older women who have difficulty breathing when asleep are more likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Tuesday 9 August.

New way to reverse the effects of memory decline discovered, research says

Published: 28 July 2011

A hypertension drug could reverse the effects of memory decline, research published in Nature Wednesday, 27 July 2011 suggests.

New tests could help in mission to improve Alzheimer's diagnosis rates

An attendee plans her day at the ICAD 2011

Published: 20 July 2011

Blood and spinal fluid tests could play a key role in new methods to detect Alzheimer's before symptoms of dementia appear, according to new research.

Potential Alzheimer’s treatment could be safe but only in low doses

Man checking phone at ICAD 2011

Published: 20 July 2011

High doses of a potential Alzheimer's vaccine cause significant side effects including build up of fluid in the brain but these effects are considerably reduced in lower doses, says new research.

Memory problems with other cognition problems could increase risk of dementia

Delegates at ICAD 2011

Published: 19 July 2011

People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) including memory problems are significantly more likely to develop dementia than those with MCI without memory problems according to new research.

Reducing prevalence of common risk factors by 25 per cent could prevent 3 million cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide, says study

Delegates sitting at the ICAD conference

Published: 19 July 2011

Decreasing the prevalence of risk factors including smoking and inactivity could prevent 3 million Alzheimer's cases, says research being presented at International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease.

Research leading the way in the fight to reduce antipsychotics for people with dementia

Front cover of Alzheimer's Society and the Department of Health's new best practice guide 'Optimising treatment and care for people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia'.

Published: 19 July 2011

Three groundbreaking, Alzheimer's Society-supported clinical trials are helping in the fight to reduce the unacceptable levels of inappropriate prescriptions of antipsychotics for people with dementia

Veterans and American footballers at increased risk of dementia or cognitive decline, studies claim

Delegates registering for ICAD 2011

Published: 18 July 2011

Older veterans who experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI) are twice as likely to develop dementia.

Increase in falls could be an early sign of Alzheimer's

Delegates at the ICAD 2011 conference

Published: 17 July 2011

An increase in the number of falls is an early indicator of Alzheimer's and is also linked to build up of amyloid in the brain – a hallmark of Alzheimer's.

Changes in the retina could hold Alzheimer's clue

Photo of giant pull up banners outside the ICAD 2011 conference

Published: 17 July 2011

Blood vessels in the retina could hold clues to the development of Alzheimer's disease according to a study presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD) in Paris today.

Canadian study finds link between dementia and wide range of health problems

Published: 14 July 2011

Improving and maintaining health factors not traditionally associated with dementia, such as denture fit, vision and hearing, may lower a person’s risk for developing dementia according to a new study

Cinnamon can delay development of Alzheimer’s, according to study

Published: 29 June 2011

An extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEppt, contains properties that can delay the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the journal PloS One.

Route Map gives new priority to dementia research

Published: 28 June 2011

Up to £20 million will be spent on four National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Units over the next five years, Paul Burstow, Care Services Minister announced today.

Implant could have benefits for long term memory problems

Published: 17 June 2011

Scientists have created an electrical device that can record and play back signals in the brain of rats associated with memory according to a study published in the Journal of Neural Engineering today

Blood test for Alzheimer's disease in early stages

Published: 4 May 2011

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) have found a link between the chemical dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and a person’s cognitive and mental status.

New dementia treatments in ten years – Alzheimer's Society

Published: 3 May 2011

An Alzheimer's Society research programme could lead to new dementia treatments within ten years, leading scientists said.

Lithium can slow memory loss according to study

Published: 28 April 2011

Lithium treatment may slow the development of dementia, according to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Changes in the brain could be detected decade before Alzheimer's symptoms are seen

Published: 14 April 2011

Brain shrinkage could act as an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease around 10 years before symptoms begin to be seen according to a study published in Neurology.

DNA changes affect age of dementia onset

Published: 6 April 2011

Exciting research which sheds light on the processes that take place during early onset dementia was revealed at an event in London today (Wednesday 6 April).

New research identifies 5 genes associated with Alzheimer's

Published: 3 April 2011

Two research studies published in Nature Genetics have collectively identified 5 new gene loci associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Improving diagnosis rates

Published: 28 March 2011

Our comment on screening for dementia

UK scientists move closer to discovering cause of Alzheimer’s

Published: 24 March 2011

UK scientists have taken another step forward in their search to identify the causes of Alzheimer’s.

New method developed for delivering drugs to the brain, says study

Published: 21 March 2011

Scientists have developed a new way of administering drugs to the brain to treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published on Sunday 20 March 2011 in ‘Nature Biotechnology’.

New brain scan helps detect early signs of Alzheimer’s

Published: 8 March 2011

A new brain scan which can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s is being trialled at memory services in Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark.

Scientists re-grow cells that die in Alzheimer's, according to study

Published: 4 March 2011

For the first time scientists have been able to re-grow the brain cells that die early in Alzheimer's disease according to a study published today (Friday 4 March) in the journal Stem Cells.

Drinking alcohol linked to decreased risk of dementia

Published: 2 March 2011

Light to moderate alcohol consumption could decrease the risk of cognitive decline or dementia according to a study published in Age and Ageing today (Thursday 2 March 2011).

Exciting research into second most common form of dementia

Published: 24 February 2011

A major study into why high blood pressure and strokes can cause brain damage that can lead to dementia was revealed at an event in Bristol today (Thursday, 24 February).

Protein linked to improved memory, study claims

Published: 27 January 2011

A protein which plays an important role in the development of the brain could help boost memory according to a study published in Nature (Wednesday 26 January 2011).

Dementia research funding to be prioritised

Published: 14 January 2011

Dementia research is being prioritised from March, Paul Burstow, the Care Services Minister, will announce.

New approach detects Alzheimer’s disease markers in the blood

Published: 7 January 2011

Scientists have used a new approach to detect Alzheimer’s disease in the blood according to research published in the journal Cell (06 January 2011).

Drinking green tea could help prevent dementia, says study

Published: 6 January 2011

Regularly drinking green tea could help protect brain cells, a new study published in Phytomedicine claims.

MRI and spinal fluid tests could help diagnose dementia

Published: 22 December 2010

Researchers at UCL have discovered that combining cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing with MRI scans could provide an early indication of a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

High levels of ‘good’ cholesterol could lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, study claims

Published: 14 December 2010

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or ‘good’ cholesterol, could lessen the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, claims a study.

Poorly-bound iron could be linked to Alzheimer’s, says study

Published: 8 December 2010

Eating foods containing iron chelators, such as blueberries, might help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease according to an article published today in Archives of Toxicology.

Exposure to pesticides could increase risk of cognitive decline

Published: 2 December 2010

Direct exposure to pesticides could increase the risk of cognitive decline, according to a study published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Brain donors needed in struggle to defeat under-researched form of dementia

Published: 1 December 2010

Britain’s largest dementia brain bank network is appealing to people to become brain donors and help bring dementia with Lewy bodies research into the 21st century.

Diabetes drug could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer's, study claims

Published: 23 November 2010

New research claims that a drug commonly used in the treatment of type II diabetes can help treat Alzheimer’s disease.

New report claims heavy smoking in mid-life increases the risk of dementia in later life

Published: 26 October 2010

Heavy smoking in mid-life doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia according to research published on Archives of Internal Medicine Online today (Tuesday 26 October 2010).

Roll up to meet our researchers

Published: 22 October 2010

Alzheimer’s Society’s research team are hitting the road to host a series of events across the UK.

Second study links B vitamins and Alzheimer’s

Published: 19 October 2010

New research on the link between B vitamins and Alzheimer’s disease has been published in the journal Neurology.

Physical activity can prevent grey matter shrinkage

Published: 14 October 2010

Walking more than six miles a week could reduce your risk of developing memory problems according to research published in the online issue of Neurology today (Wednesday, 13 October 2010).

Gene discovery could increase understanding of Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 24 September 2010

Scientists have discovered a gene with a link to Alzheimer’s disease according to a new study published in the journal PLoS Genetics.

Newer antipsychotic drugs could increase the risk of dangerous clots, research claims

Published: 22 September 2010

Research published by the BMJ today (Wednesday 22 September) suggests that taking newer antipsychotic drugs could increase the chances of developing dangerous blood clots.

Gene discovery could predict rate of Alzheimer's

Published: 17 September 2010

An international team of Alzheimer’s experts have identified a gene variation which could  determine how quickly the disease develops after diagnosis.

'Dementia is reversible' story misleading, comments Alzheimer's Society

Published: 15 September 2010

It has been claimed that 'dementia is reversible' with dietary supplements.

Protein-based biomarkers in blood could help accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, report claims

Published: 14 September 2010

New research published in the September issue of Archives of Neurology journal suggests that testing for biomarkers in blood could help more accurately diagnose people with Alzheimer's disease.

B Vitamins halve brain shrinkage rate in people with memory impairment, study claims

Published: 8 September 2010

A major University of Oxford study has shown that daily tablets of B vitamins can halve the rate of brain atrophy in older people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Men are more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than women, study claims

Published: 7 September 2010

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may affect more men than women research published in the journal Neurology claims today (Tuesday 7 September 2010).

Dementia research receives £1.5 million boost

Published: 3 September 2010

New research projects are being funded as part of an exciting new partnership between Alzheimer's Society and the Bupa Foundation.

Cancer drug model could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer's study claim

Published: 2 September 2010

Treatments modelled on the cancer drug Gleevec could potentially prevent the formation of amyloid plaques - one of the major hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease according to a new study.

Crosswords could delay onset of dementia but speed up eventual decline, study claims

Published: 2 September 2010

Mentally stimulating activities such as doing crosswords and reading books could slow the decline of thinking skills resulting in dementia developing later but progressing faster.

Debating the success of Alzheimer’s research

Published: 27 August 2010

An editorial in the journal Lancet today (Friday 27 August, 2010) debates the problems of drug development for Alzheimer’s disease.

Insulin resistance increases risk of Alzheimer’s – new study

Published: 26 August 2010

Rising numbers of people who are resistant to insulin or who have type 2 diabetes may also have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease according to a new study published today in Neurology.

Protein linked to rheumatoid arthritis could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease, study claims

Published: 23 August 2010

A protein produced by people with rheumatoid arthritis completely reversed memory decline and dramatically reduced the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice a study published online claims.

Study links stress and dementia

Published: 16 August 2010

Psychological stress in middle age could lead to the development of dementia later in life, especially Alzheimer’s disease, research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden has revealed.

Research adds weight to new thinking on Alzheimer's disease

Published: 11 August 2010

New research in worms raises questions about whether solid clumps or plaques that form in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease are part of disease progression or a natural part of ageing.

Achieving goals empowers people with dementia

Published: 10 August 2010

Achieving personal goals can help people in the early stages of dementia manage their condition, Alzheimer’s Society research published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Study highlights lifestyle factors that could reduce risk of dementia

Published: 6 August 2010

Researchers in the UK and France are recommending that reducing depression and diabetes, increasing education and eating more fruit and vegetables may reduce the number of people developing dementia.

High mortality rates for people with dementia reflects poor diagnosis levels, study claims

Published: 6 August 2010

People with dementia could be missing out on help and support in the early stages of the condition because of late diagnosis, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal today.

New research suggests that people with a sleep disorder have a higher risk of developing dementia

Published: 28 July 2010

People who experience rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) may go on to develop conditions such as dementia with Lewy bodies, Parkinson's disease, or multiple system atrophy.

Large study confirms education reduces symptoms of dementia

Published: 26 July 2010

Researchers from the UK and Finland have discovered why people who stay in education longer have a lower risk of developing dementia - a question that has puzzled scientists for the past decade.

Anti-ageing gene linked to Alzheimer's

Published: 22 July 2010

SIRT1, a gene associated with anti-ageing has been linked to the production of an Alzheimer’s protein according to a study in Cell today (23 July 2010).

Novel chemical could detect changes in amyloid in Alzheimer's disease

Published: 14 July 2010

Scientists have developed a new approach to detecting amyloid, a protein in the brain of people with Alzheimer's disease. The research was presented at ICAD.

Alzheimer's gene linked to cognitive impairment in mid-life

Published: 14 July 2010

TOMM40, a gene previously linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, has an important effect on learning and memory in middle-aged people according to research presented at the ICAD.

Insulin may help treat Alzheimer's disease study claims

Published: 14 July 2010

An insulin nasal spray could provide a possible new approach to treating Alzheimer's disease according to new research presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD).

New research suggests seizures are more common in people with Alzheimer's

Published: 13 July 2010

People with Alzheimer's are more than six times more likely to have seizures than people without the disease according to new research presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease.

People with Alzheimer's at higher risk of anaemia claims study

Published: 13 July 2010

People with Alzheimer’s have a higher risk of anaemia than people without the disease according to new research presented at the International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD).

Therapy to target amyloid also reduces tau in Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 July 2010

A potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s may target not one but two hallmarks associated with the disease, claims new research presented at the International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD).

New research links obesity gene to Alzheimer's disease and dementia

Published: 13 July 2010

A gene known to be linked to obesity may also be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Walnuts improve learning and memory in mice study claims

Published: 11 July 2010

Eating walnuts significantly improves brain function in mice with Alzheimer's disease a new study has claimed.

Large scale study supports claim exercise reduces risk of dementia

Published: 11 July 2010

Moderate to high levels of exercise can reduce the risk of developing dementia by up to 40 per cent new research claimed today (Sunday 11 July 2010).

Drinking tea and coffee could reduce cognitive decline claims study

Published: 11 July 2010

A regular cup of tea or coffee could significantly reduce cognitive decline according to a new study presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD) today (11 July 2010).

Vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment

Published: 11 July 2010

Vitamin D deficiency could increase the risk of cognitive impairment according to new research presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease today (Sunday 11 July 2010).

UK scientists move closer to discovering cause of Alzheimer's

Published: 11 July 2010

UK scientists are a step closer to discovering the cause of Alzheimer's.

Researchers identify a drug that makes neurons grow

Published: 8 July 2010

Scientists have identified a drug that makes new neurons grow and improves their chance of survival according to an article published today (Thursday 8 July) in the journal Cell.

Levels of the protein clusterin in the blood could be linked to development and severity of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 6 July 2010

Higher concentrations of the protein clusterin in the blood could be associated with the development, severity and progression of Alzheimer’s disease according to a new study.

Depression could increase risk of dementia claims study

Published: 6 July 2010

Having depression could nearly double your risk of developing dementia, research published in Neurology today (Tuesday, 6 July 2010) suggests.

Study claims Vitamin E could reduce risk of developing dementia

Published: 5 July 2010

High levels of vitamin E in the blood could be linked with a decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease in older age a new study has suggested.

Tests could help predict Alzheimer's disease progression

Published: 1 July 2010

Specific brain scans and memory tests could indicate whether people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

Study claims apple juice could help reduce agitation and anxiety in people with dementia

Published: 15 June 2010

Apple juice could help reduce behavioural and psychotic symptoms associated with dementia according to study published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on new research into the effects of amyloid on blood clots in Alzheimer’s

Published: 10 June 2010

Research published in the journal Neuron has shown that the amyloid protein, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, increases the likelihood of the formation of blood clots.

Protein in eyes of people with Down’s syndrome linked to dementia

Published: 21 May 2010

Researchers have discovered that the protein that forms plaques in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease also accumulates in the eyes of people with Down’s syndrome.

Abdominal fat could increase risk of developing dementia study claims

Published: 20 May 2010

Higher levels of abdominal fat in middle age could increase your risk of developing dementia according a new study published today (Thursday 20 May 2010).

Study claims caffeine could reduce risk of developing Alzheimer's

Published: 18 May 2010

Research has suggested caffeine could protect against memory impairment and lower brain levels of protein (amyloid β) thought to be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists investigate the cause of age related memory decline

Published: 7 May 2010

Scientists could be a step closer to understanding age related memory loss according to an article to be published in Science today.

Study claims spouses of people with dementia at risk too

Published: 5 May 2010

Partners of people with dementia are more likely to develop dementia than adults whose spouse does not have the condition according to an article published today (Wednesday, 5 May, 2010).

Obesity gene may be associated with dementia

Published: 20 April 2010

A gene linked to obesity may also be associated with dementia according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Healthy lifestyle reduces risk of dementia

Published: 1 April 2010

People can reduce their risk of developing dementia by up to 20 per cent if they lead a healthy lifestyle according to an article published today (Thursday, 1 April) in the British Medical Journal.

Alzheimer's Society comment on purpose of life scores reducing risk of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 2 March 2010

Greater purpose of life could significantly reduce a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry March 1 2010.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research into causes of fronto-temporal dementia

Published: 16 February 2010

New research published in Nature Genetics has identified two genes located on chromosome 7 and 17 respectively that have variants that increase the risk of fronto-temporal dementia (FTD).

Alzheimer's Society comment on new dementia prevalence statistics

Published: 3 February 2010

New prevalence statistics have been released from an Alzheimer’s Research Trust commissioned report by the University of Oxford suggesting that there are now 820,000 people in the UK with dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on eye test to monitor death of cells on the retina

Published: 14 January 2010

A simple eye test monitoring the death of cells on the retina could move scientists closer to being able to monitor the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in humans according to research published today.

Alzheimer's Society comment on link between CETP gene and memory decline

Published: 13 January 2010

New research published in the (JAMA) has suggested that specific variations in the CETP gene were associated with slower memory decline and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on BMJ research into impact of blood pressure treatments on dementia

Published: 13 January 2010

New research published in the BMJ shows that angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBS), commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, could protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's Society comment on latest study linking loss of smell and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 January 2010

New research, to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience on 13 January, links a loss of smell with the build up of amyloid protein, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's Society comment on study suggesting mobile phone use could protect against or reverse Alzheimer's disease

Published: 7 January 2010

Using a mobile phone could protect against or even reverse the affects of Alzheimer’s disease according to a study to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Wednesday 6 January 2010).

Alzheimer's Society comment on research suggesting diabetes could triple risk of dementia in some people

Published: 6 January 2010

A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, by scientists at King’s College London has provided fresh links between people who develop diabetes and risk of dementia.

Hormone linked to prevention of over-eating may help reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 16 December 2009

High levels of the hormone leptin, which may help prevent over-eating, is linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s according to a new study published today (Wednesday, 16 December).

Delayed ageing linked to Alzheimer's in mice

Published: 11 December 2009

New research published in Cell today (11 December 2009) proposes that delaying ageing in mice models could protect them from symptoms linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

HIV-related memory loss linked to Alzheimer's protein

Published: 8 December 2009

New research published in Neurology today (08 December 2009) suggests that amyloid, one of the proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, may also play a role in the memory loss of people with H

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research into the toxicity of amyloid fibrils

Published: 4 December 2009

A new study published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry adds to our understanding of the toxicity of amyloid plaques – one of the protein deposits associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the link between muscle strength and Alzheimer's

Published: 10 November 2009

Lack of muscle strength could be one of the early signs of dementia according to a study published on Monday, 9 November 2009 in Archives of Neurology.

Dual task test could help diagnose dementia

Published: 9 November 2009

Multi tasking could help tell the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and depression Alzheimer’s Society found today (Monday, 9 November 2009) in Journal of Neurology.

Tests can predict dementia precursor

Published: 3 November 2009

Learning and memory tests can help predict whether a healthy person will develop Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) according to a report published today in Neurology.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the use of epilepsy drugs to treat Alzheimer's

Published: 28 October 2009

Epilepsy drugs could be developed as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases according to research published in the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on CHKS research into cost of excess bed days due to dementia

Published: 14 October 2009

Research carried out by CHKS has found that the cost to the NHS of excess bed days attributable to a secondary diagnosis of dementia is £40 million per annum.

Blunkett backs call for increase in brain tissue donation to beat dementia

Published: 13 October 2009

Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett MP has today offered his support to a major campaign to encourage people to donate brain tissue upon their death to a new brain bank network.

Sleep deprivation and dementia

Published: 28 September 2009

A study published in Science has found that levels of amyloid beta, a protein fragment associated with Alzheimers disease, rose and fell in association with sleep and wakefulness in mice.

Sir Terry Pratchett addresses Lib Dem conference as voters back dementia research campaign

Published: 22 September 2009

Sir Terry Pratchett, Patron of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, is to discuss his experience with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease and demand an increase in government investment in dementia research

Alzheimer's Society research finds link between infection and memory loss

Published: 8 September 2009

People with Alzheimer’s disease who develop an infection need to be treated as soon as possible to prevent it worsening their dementia

Gene link marks major breakthrough in dementia research

Published: 7 September 2009

Two new genes associated with Alzheimer's disease have been discovered in a British scientist led genome study.

Alzheimer's Society comment on research linking high blood pressure to memory problems

Published: 26 August 2009

Data in a recent study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology links elevated diastolic blood pressure to the cognitive impairment of people over 45.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on longer sleep duration being associated with an increased risk of dementia

Published: 13 August 2009

Older people who reported sleeping for more than nine hours in each 24 hours and feeling sleepy during the day were more likely to develop dementia according to new research.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on Mediterranean-type diet reducing Alzheimer’s risk

Published: 12 August 2009

Older people who reported both exercising a lot and following a diet close to the Mediterranean-type had a 60 per cent reduction in the chance of developing Alzheimer’s according to new research.

Alzheimer’s comment on research that cognitive activities delay onset of memory decline in persons who develop dementia

Published: 4 August 2009

This American research is part of a long term study following a group of older people in New York.

Study highlights link between healthy heart and healthy brain

Published: 4 August 2009

Middle aged people who smoke, have high blood pressure or diabetes are far more likely to develop dementia in later life, suggests research published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurology.

Alzheimer's Society comment on research that genes in early onset are associated with memory

Published: 29 July 2009

Memory is a fundamental function of nerve cells in the brain, and loss of memory is a key symptom in many people with Alzheimer’s disease.

UK to play lead role in European fight against dementia

Published: 22 July 2009

The UK will play a leading role in coordinated European action to tackle dementia from today (22 July 2009).

Immunotherapy linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 21 July 2009

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) treatments, the addition of good antibodies into the blood stream, may hold promise for lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other similar brain disorders.

Leading scientists warn over lack of dementia investment

Published: 21 July 2009

The UK needs a national plan for dementia research or the country will pay the price, the UK’s top scientists are warning today.

Immunotherapy against tau tangles in Alzheimer's mouse models

Published: 15 July 2009

New insights into how a Phase III Alzheimer's drug might work were among the advances reported today at the ICAD conference in Vienna.

Comment on Dimebolin (dimebon) increasing Brain Beta Amyloid in Mouse Models

Published: 15 July 2009

Dimebolin, originally administered as an antihistamine, has previously been found to help slow the decline of cognitive ability in participants.

Healthy lifestyle protects against cognitive decline

Published: 14 July 2009

Eating a 'heart healthy' diet and maintaining or increasing participation in moderate physical activity may help preserve our memory and thinking abilities as we age.

Mediterranean diet decreases dementia

Published: 14 July 2009

Research released at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that adhering to a Mediterranean diet may decrease risk of dementia.

Drug treatments for people with Alzheimer's disease should be made available on the NHS – new study finds

Published: 14 July 2009

Drugs used to treat people with Alzheimer's disease should be available on the NHS to people throughout their disease according to a new study presented today.

Shocking lack of dementia awareness in UK and America must be addressed

Published: 14 July 2009

Research released at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease shows a severe lack of dementia awareness in America.

Could combining biomarkers provide more accurate early diagnosis of dementia?

Published: 14 July 2009

The development of essential dementia diagnostic tools could be achieved through the combined observation of biomarkers with other measures such as brain volume.

Three new studies give clear guidance on how to better recruit volunteers for Alzheimer’s clinical studies

Published: 13 July 2009

Partnering with local physicians and working with local clinics have been found to be the most effective tools in recruiting people for Alzheimer’s clinical studies.

Drinking and dementia – stay within the guidelines

Published: 13 July 2009

US scientists have found that moderate drinkers – those who consume between 8 and 14 drinks per week – are at a 37% lower risk of dementia.

Omega 3 supplements found to be ineffective for dementia

Published: 12 July 2009

Results from two large studies using DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid, were reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna.

British scientists lead the way in dementia research despite funding gap

Published: 10 July 2009

British scientists are leading the field at the International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease, in Vienna (ICAD, 11 – 16 July).

Could a compound found in fruit, vegetables, tea and red wine offer dementia hope?

Published: 10 July 2009

A group of chemicals found in many fruits and vegetables, as well as tea, cocoa and red wine, could protect the brain from Alzheimer's disease.

New research to tackle stroke related dementia

Published: 10 July 2009

Pioneering new research to try to stop dementia developing in people who have experienced a stroke has been given a new research grant.

Impact of language skills on development of dementia

Published: 9 July 2009

New research from an ongoing observational study suggests that more advanced language skills in your early twenties may predict a lower likelihood of dementia in older age.

New research reveals shocking lack of dementia awareness in UK

Published: 6 July 2009

Research released by Alzheimer's Society this Dementia Awareness Week has shown widespread misunderstanding about dementia and the factors that put people at risk.

Does being single in midlife increase risk of dementia?

Published: 3 July 2009

Middle-aged people living alone have twice the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease in later life compared with married or cohabiting people, according to a study published on bmj.com.

Dementia research funding must triple, say experts

Published: 30 June 2009

The UK’s leading dementia charities united with eminent scientists to urge the government to commit to a national dementia research strategy and triple annual investment to £96 million within 5 years.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new tau tangle research

Published: 8 June 2009

Tau protein tangles are found in the brains of people with a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's Society comment on benefits of weekly curry

Published: 3 June 2009

Professor Murali Doraiswamy, from the Duke University Medical Center in Carolina, has suggested that curcumin, found in the popular curry ingredient tumeric, could help prevent the onset of dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new data observing the cost effectiveness of Aricept (donepezil)

Published: 21 May 2009

New research suggests that prescribing Aricept on diagnosis of either mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease would save the NHS money.

Alzheimer's Society comment on research into impact of vitamin D on brain performance

Published: 20 May 2009

A study of 3,133 men from a variety of test centres across Europe has shown that lower 25 (OH) D levels (vitamin D levels) were associated with poorer brain performance (in middle aged and older men).

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research into heart rhythm disorder as a risk factor for dementia

Published: 15 May 2009

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center have conducted research into the link between atrial fibrillation, a fairly common heart rhythm disorder, and dementia.

New tool could help predict dementia in older people

Published: 14 May 2009

Scientists have developed a new ‘risk index’ that helps predict which individuals over the age of 65 may go on to develop dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on new research into HDAC2 and memory, to be published in Nature

Published: 7 May 2009

This exciting research may help our understanding of how memory works.

Do NSAIDs delay onset of dementia?

Published: 23 April 2009

New research shows that people over 65 who are heavy users of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen, show a high incidence of dementia.

New Alzheimer's drug research

Published: 14 April 2009

New research suggests that the drug CPHPC successfully interferes with the build up of Amyloid in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and does not have side effects.

Alzheimer's risk factor in young adults

Published: 7 April 2009

Young adults who carry the Apolipoprotein E (APOE) 4 gene have different brain activity in the area that codes memories to those without the gene, according to new research by the University of Oxford

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research that aims to develop living representation of the brain, by Aston University

Published: 25 March 2009

It is still very early days, but in the future this interesting research could lead to a useful tool for investigating dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research that aims to develop living representation of the brain, by Aston University

Published: 25 March 2009

It is still very early days, but in the future this interesting research could lead to a useful tool for investigating dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on new research in the Journal of Neuroscience investigating the link between Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy

Published: 19 March 2009

This research enhances our understanding of the relationship between epilepsy and dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research into the way memories are recorded

Published: 13 March 2009

New research from University College London into the hippocampus.

Potential new target for Alzheimer's disease

Published: 3 March 2009

Dementia is a terminal condition that causes a gradual loss of brain function. There are over 100 types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on whether having a parent with dementia may affect memory in midlife

Published: 19 February 2009

People who have parents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and APOE4 gene may be more likely to have memory loss themselves in middle age.

Research into impact of mental activity on memory loss

Published: 17 February 2009

Results from a study into the impact of mental activities on memory loss were released today at the American Academy of Neurology’s 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Mercury and risk of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 17 February 2009

'There is currently no clear evidence to suggest that Mercury fillings cause or worsen Alzheimer's disease. A possible link has been suggested, but much more research is needed.

Alzheimer's Society comment on whether second hand smoke is linked to cognitive impairment

Published: 16 February 2009

We’ve known for some time that smoking increases your risk of developing dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the benefits of 'brain training' products

Published: 11 February 2009

One million people will develop dementia in the next 10 years so there is a desperate need to find ways to prevent dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the Etanercept drug treatment

Published: 4 February 2009

Etanercept is linked to a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Infra-red helmet for Alzheimer's

Published: 28 January 2009

Alzheimer’s Society comment on the infra-red helmet trialled by Sir Terry Pratchett in the forthcoming BBC Two documentary. Manufacturers claim the helmet improves cognition in people with dementia.

Being laid back and sociable reduces risk of dementia

Published: 19 January 2009

People who are easily stressed and less outgoing may have an increased risk of dementia, particularly if they are also socially isolated, according to new research.

Stigma of dementia higher in UK than US

Published: 16 January 2009

New research suggests that the stigma of dementia would make UK adults less willing to undergo dementia screening than Americans.

New genetic link for Alzheimer's in women

Published: 12 January 2009

New research suggests that a variant in a gene on the X chromosome is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease in women. The study will be published online in Nature Genetics.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research showing that antipsychotics double risk of death in people with dementia

Published: 9 January 2009

This distressing new evidence highlights the desperate need to stop people with dementia being over-prescribed antipsychotics.

Alzheimer's Society comment on research suggesting that sleep disorder may be an early sign of dementia or Parkinson's disease

Published: 25 December 2008

People who act out their dreams through kicking and crying out in their sleep may go on to develop dementia or Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology.

Charity condemns government’s ‘double blow’ for people with dementia

Published: 19 December 2008

The government has admitted that current investment in dementia research is eight times less that cancer research.

Is the next treatment for Alzheimer's already out there?

Published: 17 December 2008

New Alzheimer’s Society research will investigate whether curcumin, found in the popular Indian spice turmeric, and a number of drugs for other conditions, could benefit people with Alzheimer’s.

Pratchett calls on government to increase dementia funding

Published: 26 November 2008

Terry Pratchett OBE will call on the government to confront the ‘worldwide tsunami’ of dementia and urgently increase funding into dementia research.

Alzheimer's Society comment on JAMA study that shows Ginkgo biloba is not an effective remedy for dementia

Published: 20 November 2008

Ginkgo biloba, claimed to have beneficial effects on memory and cognition, was not effective in reducing the rate of dementia or Alzheimer’s among a study of 1,500 elderly participants.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the Northwestern University 'Super Ageing' project

Published: 17 November 2008

Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain and robs people of their lives. It is not a natural part of ageing, but age is the biggest risk factor.

Our comment on the linguistic analysis suggeting that Harold Wilson had Alzheimer's

Published: 11 November 2008

‘Linguistic techniques could be useful for assessing communications problems in people with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on Nicotinamide vitamin B3 study in Journal of Neuroscience

Published: 5 November 2008

An over-the-counter vitamin in high doses prevented memory loss in mice with some aspects of Alzheimer's disease, according to a paper published today (5 November) in the Journal of Neuroscience.

New research suggests diabetes and high blood pressure could double risk of early death in people with Alzheimer's

Published: 4 November 2008

Diabetes and high blood pressure could decrease length of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research to be published in the the journal, Neurology.

New research suggests diabetes and high blood pressure could double risk of early death in people with Alzheimer's

Published: 4 November 2008

Diabetes and high blood pressure could decrease length of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research to be published in the the journal, Neurology.

Alzheimer's Society comments on new research suggesting reducing fatty acids in the brain could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer's

Published: 20 October 2008

Removing an enzyme that regulates fatty acid levels improves cognitive deficits in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research into the use of quality adjusted life year

Published: 14 October 2008

We welcome this research as it substantiates the argument we have been making about measuring the quality of life of a person living with dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the £18 million injection into health research

Published: 16 September 2008

Today’s investment into dementia research is extremely welcome. Dementia research is drastically under funded in the UK.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Vitamin B12 and rate of brain volume loss in older people in the community

Published: 9 September 2008

This study found that low levels of vitamin B12 and high levels of homocysteine correlate with brain shrinkage in older people. Shrinkage is usually associated with the development of dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research demonstrating that exercise improves cognition in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Published: 3 September 2008

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dementia and can help slow progression of the condition.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research showing that antipsychotics double risk of stroke in people with dementia

Published: 29 August 2008

This comprehensive study highlights the detrimental affect all types of antipsychotics have on people with dementia.

New drug targets the tangles caused by Alzheimer's

Published: 30 July 2008

New research gives hope that a new drug, called Rember, could help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, by tackling the protein tangles that cause brain cell death.

Alzheimer's Society comment on research into statins and dementia

Published: 28 July 2008

Statins are increasingly hitting the headlines as a potential cure for dementia.

MRI hope for dementia research

Published: 28 July 2008

Alzheimer's Society comment: Images of the plaques that characterise Alzheimer’s disease have been captured using conventional strength MRI scans on animals for the first time.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research suggesting Dimebon improves symptoms of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease

Published: 18 July 2008

This encouraging research suggests Dimedon may be an effective treatment for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

New research in the Lancet suggests a potential vaccine clears plaques in people with dementia but does not slow progression of the disease

Published: 18 July 2008

Amyloid plaques form in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Nicotine and dementia

Published: 14 July 2008

Alzheimer's Society comment on a review of research studies investigating nicotine and dementia, which have been conducted over the last 5 years

Ginkgo biloba does not help people with dementia, study finds

Published: 16 June 2008

Ginkgo biloba has no benefit for people with dementia, according to new Alzheimer's Society research.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research suggesting bright lights in care homes benefit people with dementia

Published: 12 June 2008

This study shows increasing light intensity in care homes can improve the quality of life for people with dementia and those who care for them.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research showing that short term use of antipsychotic drugs more than triple the risk of a serious event

Published: 27 May 2008

This comprehensive study highlights the life-threatening effects antipsychotics have on people with dementia and reveals that people in the community are at greater risk than those in nursing homes.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the link between obesity and dementia

Published: 7 May 2008

The number of people with dementia in the UK is set to soar to over 1 million people in less than 20 years and there is no cure.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research suggesting tarenflurbil may be effective in halting symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 2 May 2008

This exciting clinical trial suggests a modification of a safe and readily available anti-inflammatory drug has a positive impact on memory and function for people with mild Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Society comment on reducing your risk of developing dementia

Published: 16 April 2008

It is important that people lead a healthy lifestyle to reduce their risk of developing dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the size of the hippocampus and dementia

Published: 16 April 2008

It is unclear from this relatively small study if an enlarged hippocampus is the reason why people with dementia might not show signs of the condition.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Etanercept and TNF Alpha protein

Published: 11 April 2008

There is an urgent demand for treatments to tackle Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 400,000 people in the UK and millions more carers.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research linking type 2 diabetes and dementia

Published: 10 April 2008

Dementia and diabetes have both been linked to being overweight and having an ‘apple’ shaped body.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on new research suggesting caffeine may help reduce Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 3 April 2008

This is the best evidence yet that caffeine equivalent to one cup of coffee a day can help protect the brain against cholesterol.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research into abdominal obesity and risk of dementia published in Journal of the American Academy of Neurology

Published: 27 March 2008

We have known for sometime that obesity dramatically increases your risk of developing dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on research into Hormone Replacement Therapy, memory loss and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 25 March 2008

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) cannot be viewed as a treatment option for reducing risk or delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on the announcement of human trials of cannabis-derived drugs

Published: 11 March 2008

The quest for treatments for people with dementia is a critical area of research.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on genetic risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 11 March 2008

Scientists have been aware for some time that the genes we inherit from our parents may partly determine whether we will develop specific diseases.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on ecstasy and dementia

Published: 11 March 2008

It is not known whether the drug ecstasy, which only became prominent around 15 – 20 years ago, may contribute to the development of dementia in later life.

Alzheimer's Society comment on work at the University of Chester into homocysteine and vitamins

Published: 1 February 2008

People with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular disease have been shown to have higher levels of homocysteine, in some population studies.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on deep brain stimulation techniques to help Alzheimer’s patients

Published: 30 January 2008

As it is difficult to experiment on the living human brain, big leaps in understanding have occasionally been made from unexpected results.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on University of Sunderland research into non thermal near infra-red light and improved cognitive function

Published: 25 January 2008

A treatment that reverses the effects of dementia rather than just temporarily halting its symptoms could change the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who live with dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on new research suggesting statins do not reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease or improve cognition, published in Journal of Neurology

Published: 21 January 2008

This interesting study contradicts previous research highlighting statins as a possible tool for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or slowing down its progression.

Alzheimer's Society comment on lead exposure and risk of Alzheimer's disease, following research in the Journal of Neuroscience

Published: 9 January 2008

This study does not prove that exposure to lead in early life causes Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Rights, risks and restraints, a study investigating restraint in the care of older people

Published: 20 December 2007

Anyone reading this report will draw a sharp intake of breath at some of the appalling examples of restraint, in many cases involving people with dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on reducing risk of dementia

Published: 7 December 2007

Response to finding that excessive drinking of sugary beverages like soda may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Changes in the ageing brain

Published: 5 December 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on research into changes in the ageing brain, published in the latest edition of Neuron.

Alzheimer's Society comment on the SenseCam

Published: 28 November 2007

Response to the SenseCam developed by Microsoft

Re-finding lost memories

Published: 13 November 2007

Lost memories can be refound reversing the effects of neurodegeneration seen in Alzheimer's disease, according to research from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Significant genetic risk factor uncovered by research

Published: 13 November 2007

A common gene has come into the research spotlight after being linked to a four-fold increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Global impact of dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will quadruple to 106 million by the year 2050 when 1 in every 85 people will be living with the disease.

New study involving electronic implants

Published: 13 November 2007

Identification tags are being used on volunteers with Alzheimer's disease in Florida, who will have devices implanted in their arm.

Aspirin and the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on study by Jae Hee Kang and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital published by the British Medical Journal:

Over-the-counter painkillers and the onset of dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on ADAPT clinical trial, published in the online edition of the American Academy of Neurology.

Research reveals benefits of dementia drugs in the brain

Published: 13 November 2007

Key proteins linked to plaques in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias were 70% less in people prescribed the treatments for the condition compared to untreated patients.

Caffeine lovers protect themselves against Alzheimer's disease with three cups of coffee every day

Published: 13 November 2007

Comment from the Alzheimer’s Society on research in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Can the adult human brain fix itself?

Published: 13 November 2007

A new study proves for the first time that a region of the brain contains stem cells, which have the ability to act as a repair system for the body.

Neuroleptics increase risk of death in people with dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on new study into antipsychotics.

Launch of Phase I clinical trials of an Novartis Alzheimer’s Vaccine

Published: 13 November 2007

Initial studies with the Alzheimer vaccine were seen as the most exciting treatment development ever investigated for the treatment of dementia.

Scientists discuss plans to use 'human-animal' embryos or 'cybrids' to advance research into incurable diseases

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on the use of ‘cybrids’ for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

The relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and loneliness

Published: 13 November 2007

Comment from the Alzheimer’s Society on the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and loneliness and a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research from the University of St Andrews and scientists in America

Published: 13 November 2007

Scientists in Scotland and America have unveiled a possible new treatment target for Alzheimer’s disease.

Research into a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 13 November 2007

A non-invasive blood test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease would be of enormous significance, helping clinicians to effectively identify the disease.

Curry chemical that clears brain plaques

Published: 13 November 2007

Scientists have found a chemical in curry may help the immune system clear plaques from the brain in people with Alzheimer's disease.

Curry chemical research from the University of California

Published: 13 November 2007

A further link between a chemical found in curry and Alzheimer's disease has been highlighted by researchers.

Lithium and Alzheimer's disease in fruit-flies

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by the Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Southampton published in Molecular Psychiatry journal in March 2004.

Alzheimer's disease and loss of smell in mice

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Professor Richard Doty et al published in the 12 March issue of the journal Brain Research, vol. 1000.

Alzheimer's disease vaccine

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Gandy et al published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders in March 2004.

People who have had a stroke are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Mayeux et al published in Archives of Neurology, Vol 60, December 2003.

Mitochondrial toxicity in Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Joyce W Lustbader et al published in Science, 16 April 2004, vol 304.

Vitamin E and C supplements and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Zandi et al published in Archives of Neurology, 2004; 61:82-88.

Brain scanning and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Professor Agneta Nordberg et al published in Annals of Neurology in January 2004.

Immunoglobulins might be promising treatment for Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Dr Richard Dodel et al published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Alzheimer’s disease and molecules

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on research by Jason E. Gestwicki and colleagues at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Stanford University Medical School in Stanford, CA.

Lemons and lilac among top 10 smells that predict Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Professor D.P. Devanand et al presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) annual meeting, December 2004.

Walking associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer's and dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Robert D. Abbott, Ph.D et al published in JAMA, 22 September 2004.

Clioquinol and beta amyloid in Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on research by Ritchie et al published in Archives of Neurology, Vol 60, December 2003.

Worker functions and traits associated with occupations and the development of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Kathleen Smyth, PhD et al published in August 10 issue of Neurology, 2004.

Alzheimer's disease and diabetes

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Zoe Arvanitakis et al published in the May 2004 issue of the Archives of Neurology.

Tau phosphorylation and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Tau protein forms the tangles that are one of the two recognisable features of Alzheimer’s disease morphology (the other being the amyloid plaques).

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) and risk of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Data from a number of large population-based studies have suggested that women who take oestrogen based hormone replacement therapy have a lower long-term risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Brain 'compensates' for Alzheimer's

Published: 13 November 2007

It has been reported that researchers from the Rotman Research Institute, in Canada have found that the brains of people in the early stages of Alzheimer's compensate for damage done by the disease.

Promising evidence for Ginkgo biloba in Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

The biggest ever comprehensive review on the use of Ginkgo biloba for the treatment of dementia has been published by the Alzheimer's Society and the Cochrane Collaboration.

Cannabis and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

An article in the Guardian newspaper has highlighted research published in the journal Neuroscience letters.

Elevated levels of cholesterol play an even greater role in the development of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Georgetown University Medical Center have announced that research has led to a deeper understanding of the role that elevated cholesterol plays in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Aspirin reported to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Research has concluded that long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs use may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, but only provided such use occurs well before the onset of dementia.

Initial results of large scale trial into possible anti-Alzheimer's vaccine

Published: 13 November 2007

New research published in Neuron, Vol 38, May 2003 by Hock et al indicates the possibility of a therapeutic vaccine for Alzheimer's disease.

New findings challenge previous evidence that suggested that hormone replacement therapy has a protective effect on the brain

Published: 13 November 2007

New findings from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) challenge previous evidence that suggested that estrogen-containing hormone therapy has a protective effect on the brain in postmenopausal women.

Marijuana ingredient may stall decline from Alzheimer's

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Maria de Ceballos et al. in the February 23 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Alzheimer's disease in the US population

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research led by Denis Evans, MD and published in The Archives of Neurology.

Fish consumption and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on editorial by Robert P. Friedland published in the July issue of The Archives of Neurology

Obesity and risk of dementia: where's the link?

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Ingmar Skoog and Deborah Gustafson published in the 15 July issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Alzheimer's Society reaction to research into the link between folic acid and dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

Dr Andrew McCaddon from the University of Wales has carried out research that indicates that homocysteine levels could be a reliable early indication of dementia.

Biochemical link between nicotine and protein plaques

Published: 13 November 2007

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered that a by-product of nicotine, called nornicotine, appears to prevent the abnormal build-up of APP associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Detecting dementia: novel neuropsychological markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on research by Andrew D. Blackwell et al in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2004;17:42–48 published online.

Drug prescribed to dementia patients accelerates cognitive decline

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on research by Professor Clive Ballard et al published in the BMJ on Friday 18 February 2005.

Study into feline form of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research into the mental deterioration of ageing cats.

Gene research study published in Nature Genetics

Published: 13 November 2007

Scientists may have uncovered a breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease after discovering a new gene linked to the condition.

New blood test for Alzheimer's Disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment of research into new blood test for Alzheimer's Disease.

New study shows ways to reduce risk of dementia

Published: 13 November 2007

Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

Flurizan study released at ICAD

Published: 13 November 2007

Professor Gordon Wilcock, former chairman of the Alzheimer's Society, presented exciting new developments in clinical trials of Flurizan at the International Convention Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD).

Skin test for Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer's Society comment on research by Dr Khan and Dr Albion published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Alzheimer's disease and diabetes

Published: 13 November 2007

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Rachel A. Whitmer et al reported at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders.

Transdermal vaccine effective in treating Alzheimer's disease in mouse model

Published: 13 November 2007

There has been tremendous interest about developing a vaccine to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists link vascular gene to Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Comment from the Alzheimer's Society on research from the University of Rochester.

Folates and Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Comment from the Alzheimer’s Society on research from the Institue of Ageing.

Cholestrol drugs shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease

Published: 13 November 2007

Drugs to beat cholestrol may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by almost 80 per cent according to researchers.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Beta Carotene

Published: 12 November 2007

This study adds to existing evidence that ‘super foods’ rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene can help lower your risk of developing dementia.

Alzheimer's Society comment on Omega 3 helping to reduce risk of dementia

Published: 12 November 2007

It is important that people realise there are things we can all do to reduce our risk of developing dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society research hits the news

Published: 6 June 2007

Research funded by the Alzheimer’s Society hit the headlines this month as journalists seized on studies analysing the impact of oxygen and the brain.

Anaesthetics and Alzheimer’s disease-type symptoms

Published: 6 February 2007

Comment from the Alzheimer’s Society on the on research in the Journal of Neuroscience into anaesthetics and Alzheimer’s disease-type symptoms

New antibody offers hope of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 22 December 2006

An antibody with the potential to block production of the brain chemical linked to Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by Cardiff University researchers with funding from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Risk predictor for dementia

Published: 3 August 2006

Alzheimer’s Society response to Kivipelto and colleagues study published in the lancet on Thursday August 3 2006

Computer games used to identify cognitive impairment

Published: 17 July 2006

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Holly Jimison and colleagues reported at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders.

Eye test for Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 17 July 2006

Alzheimer’s Society response to new research suggesting that early changes in the eye may show Alzheimer’s disease, presented at the ICAD conference, Madrid.

Weight loss preceding dementia

Published: 14 July 2006

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by David Knopman and colleagues reported at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

New gene identified for fronto-temporal dementia

Published: 14 July 2006

The Alzheimer’s Society comment on the study published in Nature by two teams led by Christine Van Broeckhoven and Mike Hutton.

Proteins in the blood and the risk of dementia

Published: 6 July 2006

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Monique Breteler et al published in the Lancet Neurology.

Vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 20 June 2006

The Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Dr Okura et al.

Poor balance predicts Alzheimer’s

Published: 23 May 2006

Alzheimer’s Society comment on a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Aluminum and dementia

Published: 20 April 2006

Comment from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Aricept in the later stages

Published: 22 March 2006

Alzheimer’s Society comment on a study published in The Lancet.

Worldwide scale of dementia

Published: 16 December 2005

The Alzheimer’s Society’s comment on a report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) published in the Lancet.

Embryo genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 10 November 2005

Alzheimer’s Society response to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s discussion paper Choices and Boundaries.

MRC Centre for Neurodegenerative Research

Published: 1 September 2005

Alzheimer’s Society and the Alzheimer’s Research Trust’s comment on MRC Centre for Neurodegenerative Research

Dementia and obesity

Published: 28 April 2005

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Dr Rachel Whitmer et al published on BMJ Online First on 29 April 2005.

Immune therapy against Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 5 August 2004

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Professor Frank LaFerla et al published in Neuron, Volume 43, Number 3, August 5, 2004.

AD2000 trial

Published: 25 June 2004

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Professor Richard Gray et al published in The Lancet, 25 June 2004.

Anterior cingulate and dementia

Published: 7 May 2004

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Dr Alcino Silva et al published in Science, 7 May 2004, vol 304, number 5672.

Gene therapy trial and Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 27 April 2004

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Mark Tuszynski, M.D., Ph.D. et al reported at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in San Francisco on 27 April 2004.

Curcumin oil and protection against Alzheimer’s disease

Published: 21 April 2004

Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound found in spices such as turmeric and often used in curries. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Efficacy of rivastigmine as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease over five years

Published: 15 December 2003

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Small et al presented at the 42nd American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 7-11 December 2003.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and dementia

Published: 18 July 2003

Alzheimer’s Society comment on research by Mahyar Etminan, Sudeep Gill and Ali Samii published in the BMJ volume 327 page 128.

Leisure activities and the risk of dementia in the elderly

Published: 20 June 2003

Dr Joe Verghese and researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that builds on previous research.

Chinese research into ginseng should be treated with caution

Published: 18 February 2003

Researchers at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine have found that the herbal remedy ginseng can help improve memory in stroke patients with dementia.