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Feb. 21, 2017 Soccer Players May Have a Higher Incidence of Dementia

A study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in soccer players was recently conducted in Britain. CTE is a very difficult disease to study; sample sizes are usually very small and include a very specific demographic (i.e. professional male athletes who play contact sports), and it can only be diagnosed by examining brain tissue, which cannot be done until after death.

Feb. 21, 2017 Researchers Discover a Compound that Inhibits Amyloid Beta-Protein

Amyloid β-protein (Aβ) deposits are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease; however, scientists have not been able to create a drug that targets this protein without causing severe side effects. A new study from the University of Alberta focused instead on amylin, a protein secreted from the pancreas that, when interacting with the amylin receptor, allows amyloids to form toxic plaques in the brain.

Feb. 21, 2017 The Importance of a National Dementia Strategy

On January 30th, the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology held a panel discussion in an effort to build on the report on dementia-friendly communities that came out last November. This week, based on the recommendations of the panelists, Senators Ogilvie and Eggleton sent a letter to federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott outlining the following. They argued that people diagnosed with dementia should be provided with more consistent and easily accessible information during each stage of their disease progression.

Mar 21 2016 Pain Matters

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Recruiting participants for new project

We’re researching how businesses can engage people with dementia meaningfully and respectfully in the design, testing, and commercialization of apps intended for their use. For this research, we’re looking for people living with dementia to use, test, and provide feedback on a digital memory aid currently being developed. Follow the link for more information.