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Urea build-up linked to Huntington’s – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 12th, 2017.

New Zealand researchers have led a study that suggests a build-up of urea in the brain could be linked to the development of Huntington’s disease. The research, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used transgenic sheep to study the disease. The sheep are symptom-free but carry the mutant form of […]

Could a couple of beers a day damage your brain? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 7th, 2017.

Just a couple of stubbies a night, or a glass or two of wine, could be damaging your brain, say UK researchers, though independent experts caution the study can’t show cause-and-effect. Studying the cognitive capabilities of people over 30 years, the scientists found moderate drinking – 14 – 21 units of alcohol a week – may […]

Concussion, rugby and dementia focus of NZH investigation

John Kerr posted in on March 14th, 2016.

The hidden lifelong impact of concussion and head injury in rugby has been thrust into the spotlight this week by a New Zealand Herald investigation. ‘The longest goodbye: Rugby and the dementia dilemma,’ a feature article by Dylan Cleaver, forms the basis of the investigation with several news stories published alongside. The articles dig into […]

Alzheimer’s drug announcement – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 23rd, 2015.

Scientists are cautiously optimistic about new data indicating the drug solanezumab can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease – if provided early. The drug’s developer, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, this week announced preliminary findings from clinical trials investigating the drug solanezumab. Combining data from several trials, the researchers were able to show that patients who […]

Berries may reduce cognitive decline – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 27th, 2012.

New research has found that eating antioxidant-rich berries could delay age-related cognitive decline by up to two and half years. Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults according to a new study published this week in Annals of Neurology. The study results suggest that cognitive aging […]

Long term exposure to pesticides may be linked to dementia

Peter Griffin posted in on December 2nd, 2010.

Long-term exposure to pesticides could raise the risk of developing dementia, a study published today in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine has revealed. In a study involving vineyard workers, the intellectual capacity of over 600 people was measured for up to six years. Researchers found that those who had been directly exposed to pesticides […]

Dementia on the rise

Peter Griffin posted in on July 23rd, 2008.

Alzheimer’s New Zealand has released a report indicating the number of dementia sufferers in New Zealand is significantly higher than previous estimates showed – over 40,000 in 2008, with over 12,000 newly diagnosed this year. A full copy of the report can be found below. Media Coverage: Radio New Zealand – News Radio New Zealand […]

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