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Browse our blog for an insight into the vital work our researchers are doing to tackle dementia. We also explain more about the different types, symptoms and risk factors of dementia, busting the jargon and offering helpful tips and advice.

Dementia Action Week 2022: Diagnosis

The theme of this year's Dementia Action Week is diagnosis, highlighting the importance of diagnosing dementia. To contribute to the discussion, we shared the following content on our Twitter account throughout the week.

How are rates of dementia changing?

The latest figures estimate that 57.4 million people are currently living with dementia across the world. Experts are trying to predict how this number will change in the coming years to better inform global public health messaging and resource allocation.

Dementia in other animals

Humans aren’t the only species that can develop dementia – a condition known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome has been reported extensively in dogs as well as cats, horses, and rabbits.

How can data help prevent dementia?

Data is an invaluable resource that can provide insights into health from a population level right down to each individual within it. By looking for trends in datasets, data scientists can answer questions such as how likely certain people are to get dementia, what the typical biological hallmarks of dementia are, and even detect the earliest signs that an individual’s health is deteriorating.

Journal special issue sets out novel treatment approaches to tackle vascular dementia

Treating vascular disease has huge potential to improve the cognitive health of people around the world, according to a special issue of a major new journal edited by DPUK researcher Dr Atticus Hainsworth.

Accessing memories through music

Music is around us all from a very early age, whether in the form of nursery rhymes or the music our parents danced around the kitchen to. But while music we listen to at an early age may not always shape our own taste as we get older, music is deeply intertwined with memories and can take us back to an exact point in time to relive the sights, sounds, and feelings.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a rapidly progressing form of dementia

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is an extremely rare form of dementia that affects just one in every million people across the world. In CJD symptoms get worse very quickly, with 90% of patients dying within a year of their diagnosis. Read on to learn more about this extraordinary type of dementia.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Friday 11th February 2022) we filled Twitter with quotes from female dementia researchers working as part of Dementias Platform UK. In case you missed it - or don't have a Twitter account - here's what our incredible researchers had to say about their experience of being women in science.

Corticobasal syndrome: a type of dementia affecting movement and thinking

Also known as corticobasal degeneration, corticobasal syndrome is a rare type of dementia that causes both thinking and movement difficulties.

Can dance help defend against dementia?

There are many things about dancing that make it great for our brains and bodies, but can its benefits extend as far as improving the thinking skills of people with dementia?

How has modern technology shaped dementia care?

Our guest blogger Charlotte Murphy explores how modern technology is helping people with dementia and their caregivers adapt to their condition.

DPUK Discovery Award winner tackles discrepancies between brain scans

Learn about the latest research from Dr Ludovica Griffanti, a DPUK Discovery Award winner, in this blog post.

Huntington’s disease: a rare cause of dementia

Huntington’s disease is an inherited genetic disorder affecting movement and cognition that gradually gets worse over time and causes dementia.

What’s good for the heart is good for the head

Exploring the link between brain health and heart health.

Brain areas decoded

Many brain areas may be affected by dementia - this blog post takes a look at the most common of these.

Trials Delivery Framework: Q&A with Dr Vanessa Raymont

We speak to Dr Vanessa Raymont, Associate Director for DPUK and Senior Clinical Researcher in Psychiatry at Oxford University, about the Trials Delivery Framework. DPUK's Trials Delivery Framework aims to match public volunteers with the most appropriate new dementia research studies.

Dementia terminology decoded

Scientific literature is full of complicated terminology that can make it difficult for those outside the field to engage with the subject – and dementia research is no exception. In this blog post, we will explain some of the most common terms in dementia research, including cell types, proteins, and chemical messengers.

Is there a genetic link to dementia?

Most cases of dementia are not directly caused by genetics and instead result from a combination of risk factors, but there are some forms where genetics play a key role.

Volunteer Stories: Marianne

Marianne describes what a cohort is and her experience of being in one.

Volunteer Stories: Andy and Tish

The couple share their experience of taking part in dementia research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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