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'Sniff test' may be useful in diagnosing early Alzheimer's disease

Tests that measure the sense of smell may soon become common in neurologists' offices. Scientists have been finding increasing evidence that the sense of smell declines sharply in the early stages of Alzheimer's, and now a new study confirms that administering a simple 'sniff test' can enhance the accuracy of diagnosing this dreaded disease. For further information please click here

Meditation and music may help reverse early memory loss in adults at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, scientists found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss.  For further details please click here 

Mediterranean diet linked to reduced brain shrinkage in old age

Neurology: Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 76 years in a Scottish cohort

A new study led by researchers in Scotland has found that older people who ate a Mediterranean-type diet went on to experience less brain shrinkage than those who ate other types of food. The research is published online on Wednesday 4 January in the journal Neurology.

Living near a major road may increase dementia risk

The Lancet: Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study

A study by researchers in Canada has found that those who live near a major road may also have a higher risk of dementia. The research is published on 4 January in the journal The Lancet.

Alzheimer’s Society puts Dementia on the NI School Curriculum

Alzheimer’s Society has worked with the CCEA to put dementia on the school syllabus in Northern Ireland, with the aim of creating the first ever dementia friendly generation.  Please follow link for further information on this. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/news/article/134/alzheimer_s_society_puts_dementia_on_the_ni_school_curriculum