There are some things we can’t protect our children from.
Dozens of factors are at play.
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains.
Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
Success in human drug development is painfully low.
News reports this week hailing a breakthrough in Alzheimer's research, saying a vaccine for the disease is a few years away, have raised hopes for many. But let's take a step back from the headlines.
President Obama awards a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt in 2012. Summit died June 28 from early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most feared illnesses of people 60 and up. A rare type of Alzheimer's, called early-onset, can occur in people even younger. How can you tell if you are at risk?
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The Alzheimer's Society is concerned that people with dementia aren't getting diagnosed soon enough. But there are pros and cons to an early diagnosis.
Part of a sensory textile with embedded electronics for a football fan.
A new project is incorporating technology into textiles to help people with late-stage dementia.
People with dementia deserve higher standards of communication.
Dementia headlines are often misleading, but it's not only journalists who are to blame.
Proceed with caution when using foil for cooking.
While cooking food in aluminium pots isn't a bad thing, doing so in foil is problematic. Over-exposure to aluminium may pose serious threats to human health.
Blue-green algae blooms are increasing in size and frequency as global temperatures rise.
For the first time, researchers have shown that feeding vervet monkeys a toxin produced by blue-green algae resulted in protein deposits in the brain, consistent with those seen in human Alzheimer's.
Globally, there are 47 million people living with dementia with an increase of over 20% in the caseload year on year.
As we mark World Alzheimer's Day, research shows that tackling non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension could reduce the caseload.
Prion diseases are a rare class of brain disorders that are transmissible between animals of any species, including humans.
New research has identified a known neurodegenerative disease as being caused by prions. And it has again raised the possibility that these proteins are infectious.
What can leggings and leotards teach us about about physics and neuroscience?
For a growing number of artists, academics, researchers and scientists, dance represents a promising new frontier of exploration. The annual DANscienCE festival shines a spotlight on their findings.
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age.
People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
Around one in nine people aged over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease.
From time to time, we all misplace our keys or forgets someone’s name, at least for a few minutes, and we worry about "getting Alzheimer’s".
Pratchett speaking at a Right to Die event in 2012.
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The widely loved author's legacy was far from confined to the fantastic worlds he created in his books.
Still Alice is a window into the lives of the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Keep your brain active.
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I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found people who scored higher on a measure of cynicism during late life…