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Study finds potential link between Alzheimer’s disease and gum disease

A landmark study published in Science Advances has found evidence suggesting that the bacterium responsible for gum disease, called Porphyromonas gingivalis, may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. There have been previous hints from animal studies that this common oral bacteria may be linked in some way to Alzheimer’s disease. Work in […]

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AI can identify Alzheimer’s a decade before symptoms show

Artifical Intelligence (AI) has been programmed to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to recognise the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Using these scans, it can even predict whether someone is likely to develop the condition a decade before the onset of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which […]

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Fringe Theatre

A Compendium of Lost Things

Loss can take many different forms. From the loss of something seemingly minor like a set of keys, to the emotional loss of your relationship with a relative, A Compendium of Lost Things explores the multiple types and layers of loss in a heartfelt show told through the narratives of individuals who have each lost […]

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Study shows some individuals immune to symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that goes on to cause dementia in 60-70 per cent of cases. Causes of the disease are unknown, but many scientists believe that it can be due to genetic factors, depression, head injury or hypertension. It is a disease that progresses slowly and the symptoms include short-term memory loss […]

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Can we use gene therapy to treat alzheimer’s disease?

There are an estimated 52,000 Alzheimer’s disease sufferers in the UK, and it can be a torment for those who are affected. However, gene therapy may offer the world a new hope. A new study that used a modified virus to insert a beneficial gene into the brains of mice was able halt the development […]