Dementia

Research shows link between high blood sugar levels and Alzheime's disease.

Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

While many earlier studies have pointed to diabetes as a possible contributor to Alzheimer's, the new study - in mice - shows that elevated glucose in the blood can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, a key component of brain plaques in Alzheimer's patients. The buildup of plaques is thought to be an early driver of the complex set of changes that Alzheimer's causes in the brain. The research is published May 4 in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Dementia risk increased in people over 65 who use Benzodiazepines

The results from comparative analysis of this population demonstrate the risk of developing dementia increased by 50% for subjects who consumed benzodiazepines during the follow-up period, compared with those who had never used benzodiazepines. Although this study does not confirm a cause and effect relationship, as is the case for all epidemiological research, the researchers recommend increased vigilance when using these molecules, which remain useful in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety in elderly patients.

The results of this research are available online on the British Medical Journal (BMJ) website as of 28 September 2012

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Priory Group opens first care home in Yorkshire

Priory Group, the UK’s leading independent provider of mental healthcare, is bringing its expertise to Yorkshire for the first time with the opening of Cooper House, a care home for older people.

Cooper House, in Bradford, is a purpose built nursing home with beds for 80 residents needing nursing or dementia nursing care. The home will be under the leadership of experienced manager Patricia Donaldson and will create up to 70 jobs in the area.

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Stem cell boost that could offer hope for dementia patients

Scientists have moved a step closer towards treating Alzheimer's disease with stem cells.

In an experiment that offers hope to millions, researchers successfully used injections of the cells to repair damaged parts of the brain and restore lost memory.

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