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Scientists in Bristol have discovered that a commonly prescribed dementia drug could hold the key to helping prevent debilitating falls for people with Parkinson’s disease.
The research, shows people with Parkinson’s who were given the oral drug rivastigmine were 45% less likely to fall and were considerably steadier when walking, compared to those on the placebo.
Dr Emily Henderson, the principal researcher on the study says the discovery takes us a step closer to improving the quality of life and finding better treatments for people with Parkinson’s.
We already know rivastigmine works to treat dementia by preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine. However, our study shows for the first time that it can also improve regularity of walking, speed, and balance. This is a real breakthrough in reducing the risk of falls for people with Parkinson’s.
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A Big Lottery grant of £300,000 has been made to a project to help people with dementia in Cornwall.
Workshops will be run in five towns around the county. They'll be offered to people who've recently been diagnosed, with the aim of helping them cope at home and keep them involved in the community.
Researchers in Bristol want to find more volunteers to take part in clinical trials for dementia.
Scientists say volunteers are the life blood of their research and the only way they can make progress.
In Bristol several trials are taking place at the moment and healthy volunteers are needed to detect early memory loss, as well as people with Alzheimer's.
A specialist centre is being created at the University of Exeter to research dementia and its causes.
The Medical School will look at things like blood supply to the brain and the connections between epilepsy and dementia.
It's part of a £5 million project to encourage more scientists to study diseases such as Alzheimer's.
There are various different causes. The biggest is Alzheimer's disease. We know some of the things that go wrong in the brain and we can see some of those things for example with MRI scans and electrical measurements. And we know some of those underlying processes but we don't understand how the jigsaw comes together.
New research from Exeter University says a lack of Vitamin D is associated with a much greater increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.
A team, led by Dr David Llewellyn from the University's Medical School found that the study participants who were severely deficient in Vitamin D were more than twice as likely to develop the conditions. Vitamin D is found in foods such as oily fish.
A team of researchers from Plymouth medical school will today unveil an app version of a widely used dementia test. It will be free of charge and will mean faster and wider testing and therefore quicker diagnosis.
The app is is the first of its kind and will be made available to clinicians around the world
Dementia is frequently a lonely and isolating experience for carers and those people who are suffering from the condition but through the efforts of volunteers - so called memory cafes are being set up - where people have the chance to talk about the illness - and how it affects their lives.
The latest cafe to open is in Seaton in East Devon and as Richard Lawrence reports is already generating huge interest.
A support service for families caring for loved ones with dementia has been launched in Cornwall. Admiral Nurses will give relatives practical and emotional support to help them cope with the illness. It's a joint project between Cornwall Care and the charity Dementia UK.