November 27, 2015
A research team led by scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia has studied the mechanism by which connections in the brain are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The findings represent another angle of attack in the ongoing battle to find a cure for the widespread degenerative condition.
An international study
appears to have created a test that can determine the biological age
of a patient's body. The research – undertaken by King's College
London (KCL), the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and Duke University
in the US – could have a broad range of applications, including
improving screening techniques for age-related diseases such as
Alzheimer's, allowing doctors to begin treatment earlier in the
It may be an overused proverb, but it's a good one: "Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand."
That's the definitely the thinking behind Virtual Dementia Experience, a
virtual reality system created by four multimedia graduates from
Australia's Swinburne University. It provides caregivers with an
interactive simulation of what it's like to suffer from dementia, so
they can better understand what their patients are experiencing.