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Alzheimer's Research UK gives £58,000 for new study

Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero working in the laboratory Credit: Alzheimer's Research UK

A Southampton scientist has been awarded more that £58,000 by Alzheimer's Research UK to study chemical signals in the brain in Alzheimer's disease.

The research will study signals that control learning and memory in the brain to help understand the disease and to hopefully find new treatments.

Dr Mariana Vargas-Caballero will train a PhD student Sarmi Sri to help look into the early symptoms of the disease.

Sarmi said, "We are really interested in whether there is a time window during which nerve cells are particularly vulnerable to damage.

"Hopefully, our findings will inform new ways to reverse or prevent nerve cell damage in Alzheimer's."

Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer's Research said, "Understanding the changes in Alzheimer's is important because this is when potential new treatments are likely to be most effective."

Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance launched

The number of people living with dementia is on the rise.

That is why a new community focused response has been launched by Andover Mind and Hampshire County Council.

The concept of a community focused response is so the wider community can develop a better understanding of the condition, so that people who have dementia can live independently.

Around 100 people representing Hampshire businesses attended the launch of the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance.

Other shops, leisure companies, transport providers, health and social care organisations and charities are also being asked to sign up to the Alliance and pledge their commitment to creating Dementia Friendly Communities.

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New scheme to help find people with dementia who go missing

According to research, around three in every five people with dementia will go missing at least once during the course of their illness.

It can be a very frightening experience for them but also their family.

Now a new scheme, the first of it's kind in the world, is being piloted in the Thames Valley to help find people with memory problems who go missing.

Mel Bloor talks to dementia patient Ralph Burridge and his wife Jan, George Holland - the great nephew of missing Sussex pensioner Nellie Herriott, Dr Rupert McShane from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust who came up with the idea, volunteer Naomi Manuel and Service Manager Deborah Ginns.

REPORT: New treatments for dementia patients

As the elderly population grows the number of people suffering from dementia continues to be an ever-increasing issue. For sufferers, it's daunting enough having dementia but often they're in hospital for other ailments too.

Martin Dowse has been to one hospital where they're pioneering new ways to help people get through their time on the wards. He speaks to specialist dementia nurse Jeni Bell, Jan Gollop who's husband suffers dementia and Luisa Castle, dementia care provider.

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People with dementia 'isolated and anxious'

Too many people with dementia in our region are living lonely and depressing lives according to a new survey by the Alzheimer's Society. It says dementia sufferers often find their friends desert them, and they become isolated and anxious

Others have to rely on family and neighbours for support, as Malcolm Shaw's been finding out. He spoke to Willem Van Der Valk, who has dementia and his wife Christine, neighbour Julie Shenton, and Linda Barnes from the Alzheimer's Society.

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