Category Archives: International

Research involving non-UK agencies and/or international bodies. Includes both foreign and UK non-English e.g. Scottish, Welsh etc.

Re-Examining the Potential of Brain Training for Reducing Risk of Developing Dementia (NHS Choices / Alzheimer’s & Dementia)

Summary There appears to be some evidence that brain training (cognitive stimulation) using computer-based memory training games may assist in the preservation of cognitive functioning in older adults, aged 65 or above, and might have some limited potential to help … Continue reading

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Young Blood Infusion Recapitulates Folklore: Vampire Therapy for Dementia? (Telegraph / CTAD / JPAD)

Summary A small trial to check the safety and tolerability of youthful blood infusions for the treatment or amelioration of Alzheimer’s Disease has detected early signs of improvement in activities of daily living. Randomly selected individuals from just 18 over-65 … Continue reading

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Mid-Life Blood Test for Inflammation May Predict Later-Life Dementia Risk? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Higher inflammatory marker scores in middle age, based on five blood-based markers of inflammation (fibrinogen, albumin, von Willebrand factor, factor VIII and white blood cell count) appear to be associated with reduced brain volume (thought to be neurodegenerative “shrinkage”) … Continue reading

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Nutritional Intervention to Slow Dementia Progression?: Evidence Still Unclear on Nutricia’s Souvenaid Drink (BBC News / Lancet Neurology / NHS Choices)

Summary A LipiDiDiet trial investigated the effects of Fortasyn Connect on cognitive decline (and related measures) in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This small trial indicates that Nutricia’s nutrient drink Souvenaid has no significant effect on the rate of … Continue reading

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World Stroke Day and Recent Resources on Prevention and Management of Stroke (NHS England / WSO / NHS RightCare)

Summary World Stroke Day, this year, was on October 29th 2017. It had a stroke prevention theme. The NHS RightCare stroke pathway for Preventing and Managing Stroke, published recently, defines the components in an optimal scheme for the prevention and … Continue reading

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Dementia Risk Associated With Loneliness / Absence of Close Relationships in Later Life (BBC News / Journals of Gerontology / Aging and Mental Health)

Summary Loneliness is increasingly mentioned in research as a potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia. Research based on data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing indicates that marriage and / or having close friends may help to protect individuals … Continue reading

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Lower Cognitive Impairment / Dementia With Oral Anticoagulants For Atrial Fibrillation (European Heart Journal / NHS Choices)

Summary Swedish researchers have discovered that anticoagulant treatment for atrial fibrillation is associated with a 29% lower risk of dementia. “The risk of dementia is higher without oral anticoagulant treatment in patients with AF. This suggests that early initiation of … Continue reading

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