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Type 2 diabetes has a slow and insidious effect on cognition in dementia

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has been linked with cognitive impairment and dementia. A new cross-sectional study reports that T2DM is also associated with dementia in Parkinson disease, and another study describes the long-term clinical course of diabetes-associated cognitive dysfunction; however, the mechanisms through which T2DM affects the brain are not completely understood.  

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Research news - protein involved in frontotemporal dementia

This is an abstract in the Journal of Neuroscience. Mutations in human CHMP2B cause frontotemporal dementia, suggesting that this protein may normally control some neuron-specific process.  Read more here.

New Involvement Network for Carers of People with Dementia

A new Involvement Network for Family Carers of People with Dementia, backed by Prof. Alistair Burns and Norman Lamb MP, is being set up by the Life Story Network CIC with funding from the Department of Health and the support of Carers Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust. This follows on from the successful campaign- Carers Call to Action – which has raised the profile and unique needs of carers of people living with dementia.

Robotic seal helps dementia patients

A robotic baby seal is being used to help treat dementia patients in Sussex.

"Paro" the seal has been purchased by the University of Brighton to test its effects on patients at a ward in Sussex, and so far the seal pup is proving beneficial to both patients and their families who are seeing smiles and happiness in the faces of their loved ones.

Read more on the ITV News Meridian website.

Possible mechanism underpinning Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

Scientists have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS. The new study revealed the mechanism of toxicity of a misfolded form of the protein that underlies prion diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy ('mad cow disease') and its human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.