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Dementia Vaccine on the Cusp of Human Trials

Monday, January 13th, 2020

A dementia vaccine developed by Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky has been successfully shown to “work” in mice genetically programmed to develop dementia. Harnessing the immune response Dementia is thought to be the result of the build-up of two different types of proteins in the brain that stop neurons communicating with each other. The proteins […]

Does Air Pollution Damage our Brains? #AustraliaBurns

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Air quality readings across Australia are at concerning levels right now in the wake of the bushfires. Known as PM2.5, rates of particle matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres are easy to inhale and can cause health problems. A new study suggests that these tiny pollutants particles might even change the structure of our brain. Measuring […]

Eyes as a potential window to Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Australian scientists have used specialised eye scanning technology to detect changes in the retina that could be indicative of early Alzheimer’s Disease. Lost Opportunities for Early Intervention The presence of clumps of beta-amyloid protein in the brain is an established hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. They can accumulate long before any symptoms of dementia show up. […]

Delaying Dementia Before We Can See It

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The highest likelihood for successful treatment of dementia may be in the early or preclinical stages of the condition, when an individual does not show any symptoms but has beta-amyloid, or toxic protein clumps in the brain thought to cause dementia.  Determining the effectiveness of treatments administered during this preclinical stage requires understanding of what […]

Supporting People with Dementia in their Decision-Making

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Making decisions about our lives and having these respected is an essential human right; and whilst this can sometimes be more difficult when a person has dementia, there are many things that can be done to help. Researchers at the universities of Western Australia and Sydney conducted a study looking into how Australian health and […]

Vitamin B Supplements show no obvious benefit to brain health

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The B vitamins are often linked to brain health. They help to break down an amino acid in our blood called homocysteine, which contributes to cell ageing and to the build-up of amyloid and tau proteins in the brain associated with greater dementia risk. We know a rare condition called pernicious anaemia caused by low […]

What is getting in the way of reducing antipsychotic use in older adults with dementia?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

A quarter of Australians with dementia may be taking antipsychotic medication for symptoms that could be better managed through non-pharmacological means.  These symptoms – which include aggression, agitation, hallucinations, wandering, verbal outbursts and delusions – are what researchers and health professionals often call “Behaviours and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia” (BPSD), and are experienced by most […]

Noticing the Silver Lining in Caring for Someone with Dementia

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Of the near half a million Australians currently living with dementia, 91% of these individuals rely on the informal unpaid support of a family member or friend [1]. Most people with dementia and their families prefer that the person with the condition remain living at home for as long as possible; yet, without adequate support services […]

Moments of Clarity in Dementia; an Opportunity for New Research and Hope

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

People living with advanced dementia can experience remarkable moments of spontaneous clarity near the end of their life. An interdisciplinary workgroup is calling for a closer examination into this unusual phenomenon, called terminal or paradoxical lucidity; proposing that it may give clues to there being a reversible component to this otherwise assumed irreversible, degenerative condition. […]

Loneliness Linked to a Higher Risk of Dementia

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

One in four Australian adults are lonely 1.  Loneliness is a feeling of distress we experience when our social relations are not the way we would like. It has been linked to poor mental health, and an increased risk for physical health conditions comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day 2.  Internationally, loneliness is fast emerging as […]

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