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We are delighted to announce that BBRF Research Fellow, Dr Elizabeth Woehrling, has been awarded the prestigious LUSH Cosmetics International Young Researcher Prize for her work developing new technologies in place of animal testing for neurotoxins. Animal free testing in the development of medical and cosmetic products is of great importance to many people. The [...]
New research monitoring the memory and thinking processes of older people found that those with higher blood caffeine levels avoided the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the two-to-four years of study follow-up. Coffee was the major or only source of caffeine for these individuals. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of [...]
Nicotine patches improve memory, attention and mental processing in older people suffering from memory problems known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), one of the earliest symptoms of dementia. The findings, published in the scientific journal Neurology, come from a small study of 67 non smokers examined over six months. Half of the study participants, whose [...]
Common medicines used to treat conditions such as hay-fever, allergies, depression, asthma, stomach ulcers, pain relief and heart conditions have been linked to a decline in brain function and increased risk of death.  Millions of people take these drugs as prescribed by their doctor or bought as over the counter remedies. The findings, reported in [...]
New research has found that prolonged exposure to polluted air can lead to physical changes in the brain as well as learning and memory problems and even depression.  These findings could have significant and troubling implications for people who live and work in polluted urban areas. Previous studies have shown the damaging effects of polluted [...]
An advanced imaging technique has revealed that some military personnel with mild blast-related traumatic brain injury have abnormalities in the brain not previously seen with other types of imaging. These abnormalities occur in the brain’s white matter, the wiring system that nerve cells in the brain use to communicate with each other. Traumatic brain injuries [...]
We live in increasingly stressful times and stress, as we know, is not good for our health.  It has been implicated in the development of heart disease and cancer and now it would seem stress may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This week in the Journal of Neuroscience researchers from the [...]
This week we have heard calls on the BBC for routine screening for dementia in the over 75s.  But is this call realistic given where we currently are in terms of developing an accurate test to diagnose dementia?  And why limit screening to the over 75s? What is dementia? Dementia is a brain disease, the [...]
New research suggests people who take the commonly used painkiller ‘ibuprofen’ on a regular basis may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In a study of over 135,000 men and women US researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that those who took ibuprofen two or three times a week reduced [...]
British scientists have succeeded in developing a blood test for variant CJD (vCJD), the fatal neurodegenerative disease believed to have originated from cows.  This is a major breakthrough as currently patients with suspected vCJD have to undergo a series of tests, including brain biopsy, to confirm diagnosis. The new test, reported in today’s Lancet, developed by [...]