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Mental Well-Being Related to Better Brain Health in Older Adults

A positive sense of mental well-being is related to better brain health among older adults, according to a new report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) and involving University of Exeter research.

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New state-of-the-art optical spectrum analyser will help to detect disease

Pioneering research, conducted by Professor Frank Vollmer at the University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute, will advance even further thanks to support from the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

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Discovery could explain failed clinical trials for Alzheimer’s, and provide a solution

Researchers have discovered a vicious feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease which may explain why so many drug trials have failed.

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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

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World experts target guidance on managing dementia symptoms

New research which brings together the views of the world’s leading experts has concluded that non-drug approaches should be prioritised in treating agitation in people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Exeter researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in mammoth bike challenge

Two researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled a whopping 460 km from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four-day challenge.

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Just ten minutes of social interaction a day improves wellbeing in dementia care

An e-learning programme that trains care home staff to engage in meaningful social interaction with people who have dementia improves wellbeing and has sustained benefits.

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Better clinical trials must address “critically low” dementia research shortfall

New research gives insights into how the design of clinical trials can improve, with new insights into the “critically low” research pipeline and improve the chances of finding effective dementia therapies.

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Commonly prescribed medications linked to rise in harmful side effects in dementia

 Medications which are commonly prescribed to people with dementia have been linked to an increase in harmful side-effects, research involving the University of Exeter has concluded.

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Exeter in launch of major US study on brain ageing

The University of Exeter is collaborating with Synexus, the leading global network of dedicated research sites, to launch one of the largest, registry-based research initiatives in the United States to help understand how healthy brains age.

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Professor boosts dementia expertise at Exeter

A professor who is an expert in older people's medicine has further bolstered Exeter's research expertise in dementia

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Exeter professor inputs into new NICE guideline

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has published a new guideline on assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers.

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Dementia experts invite public to research open day

Members of the public are being invited to a free event in Exeter on Friday 15 June, to learn more about dementia and the latest research underway in the South West to tackle the condition.

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Researchers launch dementia project to combat ‘frightening' hospital experience

A group of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School has launched a project to improve our understanding of how best to help people with dementia and their loved ones in hospital.

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Pioneering studies in Exeter funded by leading dementia research charity

Researchers in Exeter have received a £50,000 funding boost for pioneering dementia research in the city. The announcement of this new funding comes during Dementia Action Week, a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of dementia and encouraging people to get involved with efforts to help people living with the disease.

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Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.

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£250,000 funding boost to investigate whether vitamin D promotes brain health

A robust clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D can help keep our brains sharp in older age has been supported by a donation of nearly £250,000 from the J P Moulton Charitable Foundation. 

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Exeter partners with Dementias Platform UK

The University of Exeter Medical School has been confirmed as a full partner of Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), a partnership of leading universities and prominent industry names striving for better research in dementia.

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Isabel to take student lead at international Alzheimer’s conference

An Exeter PhD student has been selected as a lead student at the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

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Memory loss identified years before Alzheimer's symptoms appear

Experts have developed a cognitive test to detect subtle memory deficits years before Alzheimer's disease symptoms develop.

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Dementia care improved by just one hour of social interaction each week

Increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life when combined with personalised care.

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Brain food: How to eat well for a healthy brain in later life

A new international report gives the clearest evidence to date on the impact of diet on brain health in older adults.

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Exeter dementia research showcased in New York

Exeter’s world-leading dementia research will soon be showcased at a special event in New York.

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Dementia Research Highlights 2017

Take a look at our dementia research highlights from 2017.

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Helping the UK visitor economy to become more dementia friendly: new research findings

An estimated 46.8 million people are affected by dementia worldwide, a figure expected to double every 20 years reaching around 131.5 million by 2050. 

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Research will help GPs diagnose dementia more accurately

Research at the University of Exeter designed to help identify patients with dementia and reduce the pressure on health services has received a generous boost of £120,000 from the Halpin Trust.

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Parental lifespan genes could hold clue to longer life

A large-scale international study led by the University of Exeter Medical School has discovered new genes linked to parents’ lifespan – which could one day be targeted to help prolong human life.  

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Dementia research at Exeter gets £190,000 boost

The dementia research charity BRACE and Kirby Laing Foundation have together awarded more than £190,000 to the University of Exeter Medical School to support cutting-edge genomic research to better understand the causes of dementia.

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Hong Kong residents invited to study to maintain healthy brain

People in Hong Kong aged 50 and over are being invited to join a ground-breaking online study called PROTECT, to help learn how they can maintain a healthy brain in later life.

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Tales and imagery of life with dementia captured on Exeter allotment

People whose lives have been affected by dementia have worked with well-known professional artists to create insightful images and poems that capture some of their experiences, to form a new book.

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Public invited to interactive talk on dementia in Exeter

Members of the public are being invited to an interactive talk, to hear more about the personal experiences of those living with dementia, and the portrayal of the condition in the media.

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Truro event to boost older people’s wellbeing through nature

People with dementia and their carers are being invited to an interactive event which will discuss the significant benefits nature can have on their wellbeing. 

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Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics.

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Psychosis in Parkinson’s dementia: new treatment provides hope

New research involving King’s College London and the University of Exeter has highlighted the benefits of a promising new treatment which could relieve psychosis in thousands of people with dementia related to Parkinson’s disease. 

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£500,000 for dementia brain research at Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has announced more than £500,000 in funding for researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School to advance understanding of how dementia affects the brain.

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How to keep your brain sharp in older age

New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.

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Dementia researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in epic bike challenge

Five researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society.

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Alzheimer's Research UK Chief Executive awarded honorary degree

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter in recognition of her work at the helm of the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

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One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onwards

One in three cases of dementia could be potentially prevented if brain health is improved throughout life.

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People with dementia benefit from goal-oriented therapy

Personalised cognitive rehabilitation therapy can help people with early stage dementia significantly improve their abilities.

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Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

The more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life, a large-scale and robust online trial has found.

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One social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money

Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life in care homes.

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Research shortfall on common form of dementia highlighted

New research has highlighted the scarcity of evidence on the prognosis of dementia with Lewy bodies.

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£2 million for Exeter Centre of Excellence in dementia care research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter.

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Exeter researchers unite and take on 350 mile cycle challenge to defeat dementia

A team of six passionate dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are uniting against dementia and cycling 350 miles from London to Paris in a bid to raise £12,000 for the charity Alzheimer’s Society.

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New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies

New international guidelines will help ensure an accurate diagnosis and the best possible care for people with dementia with Lewy bodies.

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Five ways people can act on dementia

Five ways people can act on dementia, backed by research

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Low levels of ‘memory protein’ linked to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

Research has discovered that low levels of the protein NPTX2 in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s may change the pattern of neural activity in ways that lead to learning and memory loss.

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Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.

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Global dementia expert gives first lecture as head of Exeter Medical School

World-leading dementia expert Professor Clive Ballard will deliver his first lecture since joining the University of Exeter.

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Can online therapy reduce distress in dementia carers?

A new study is inviting people who care for someone with dementia to help investigate whether an online therapy can help carers cope with feeling of stress, anxiety or depression.

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Dementia: The right to rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is as important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.

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Exeter scientist wins prestigious dementia prize

University of Exeter researcher Dr Katie Lunnon has won the Early Career Investigator of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017.

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World expert in brain function adds to Exeter’s research excellence

A world expert in measuring brain function will give his first lecture at the University of Exeter.

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New report recommends measures to improve dementia care

Enabling people with dementia to maintain control of the decisions surrounding their care is key to avoiding isolation, according to a new report by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Award-winning cartoonist joins experts to discuss dementia care and support

Experts in dementia and those affected by the emotional experience of having a loved one with the condition will join an award-winning cartoonist to discuss the care and support available for those with memory loss at an event today.

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New Medical School Pro-Vice Chancellor now in post

Globally-renowned dementia and ageing expert Professor Clive Ballard is now in post as the new Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter Medical School.

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New laser to help Exeter scientists study brain changes in dementia

Dementia researchers have been awarded £91,500 to purchase a new laser to create a state-of-the-art microscope, transforming their ability to image the brain.

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Exercise can change brain structure and reduce dementia risk

Getting regular exercise can lower the risk of cognitive decline and can even change our brain structure.

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Exeter researchers to hold free dementia information day

Scientists in Exeter are inviting the public to a free meeting on Wednesday 6 July to discuss current dementia research.

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Dementia researchers tell their story on BBC’s Horizon

Researchers from the University of Exeter will appear on BBC Two’s flagship science strand Horizon this week.

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University of Exeter part of £13million mental health biomarker study

Researchers from the University of Exeter are involved in a major European £13.3 million funding initiative which aims to unpick the biological reasons underlying social withdrawal.

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House of Commons showcase for University of Exeter dementia research

University of Exeter research which can help people living with early-stage dementia to manage their everyday lives and remain independent will be showcased by politicians at the House of Commons.

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Dementia: “illness” label can lower mood

People who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than those who see it as an inevitable part of getting older, a new study indicates.

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Dementia: new insights into causes of loss of orientation

New research has revealed how disease-associated changes in two interlinked networks within the brain may play a key role in the development of the symptoms of dementia.

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Exeter scientist secures prestigious award for mental health research

A University of Exeter scientist has been awarded a Distinguished Investigator Award by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, a US charity that funds research into the causes of mental illness.

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More than £500,000 to fund dementia research at Exeter

More than half a million pounds of new cutting-edge research which aims to advance us towards a dementia cure and improve dementia care has been awarded to the University of Exeter Medical School by Alzheimer’s Society.

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Students bring Yuletide merriment to care home

A group of Medicine students from the University of Exeter have organised a Christmas party to boost engagement with the arts for people living in a residential care home.

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Over-60s needed for memory study

People aged over 60 who suffer minor memory problems are needed for a new study at the University of Exeter.

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