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Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, remains the leading cause of death in England and Wales, figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the condition accounted for 12% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the…
The UK's dementia 'hotspots' have been revealed in interactive maps. They show the regions most affected by dementia, with coastal towns and areas popular with retired people featuring heavily in the list. Christchurch in Dorset has the highest prevalence of dementia per head of population at 28 cases per 1,000…
The winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 have been announced at a ceremony held on World Alzheimer’s Day, last week, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. The Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the SSSC, sets out to recognise the incredible difference that…
A new app could help enhance home and hospital environments for elderly people and those with dementia, by asking them to give feedback on their surroundings. The University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), together with Space Architects, launched Iridis on Thursday - World Alzheimer's Day. A first of…
New research on the role of a notorious Alzheimer's gene variant could pave the way to treatments that slow down or halt the disease. Scientists found that the mutant gene, ApoE4, is directly linked to brain damage caused by knots of protein within neurons called tau tangles. They believe targeting…
Deaths from Alzheimer's disease have risen by a third in the last year, with campaigners warning the "alarming" increase is placing a "heavy strain" on the NHS and care services. A total of 570 deaths from the disease were recorded in the period March to June 2017, new data from…
An innovative study to improve the diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for younger people with dementia and their families is seeking participants to further research in this area. The Angela Project, dedicated to Angela a lady with young onset dementia who went undiagnosed for three years before her symptoms were recognised,…
A virtual reality game developed by scientists is designed to help dementia research by analysing player navigation skills. Sea Hero Quest VR is a nautical navigation game that collects data on spatial awareness behaviour as it is played, with two minutes of play time being equal to five hours of…
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