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Can Fluid-Filled Spaces in the Brain Predict Dementia?
Can Fluid-Filled Spaces in the Brain Predict Dementia?

Can Fluid-Filled Spaces in the Brain Predict Dementia?

28 January 2021

People with enlarged fluid-filled spaces in the brain around small blood vessels may be more likely to develop dementia than people whose perivascular spaces are smaller, according to a new study published in Neurology®. Perivascular spaces are involved in clearing waste and… Read More
Effect of COVID-19 Greatest on People Living with Dementia
Effect of COVID-19 Greatest on People Living with Dementia

Effect of COVID-19 Greatest on People Living with Dementia

7 January 2021

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au  The COVID-19 global pandemic is affecting people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in a unique way. Not only does evidence suggest that people with dementia are more likely to contract COVID-19 than people without dementia,… Read More
Changes to Hippocampus Key in Alzheimer’s Disease
Changes to Hippocampus Key in Alzheimer’s Disease

Changes to Hippocampus Key in Alzheimer’s Disease

6 January 2021

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Research led by the Neuroimaging Group at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) has found that specific subregions within the hippocampus may be key in understanding Alzheimer’s disease. The hippocampus is one of the… Read More
Sex-Specific Risk Factor Management Strategies May Reduce Cerebral Small Vessel Disease
Sex-Specific Risk Factor Management Strategies May Reduce Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

Sex-Specific Risk Factor Management Strategies May Reduce Cerebral Small Vessel Disease

14 December 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Software developed by researchers at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney has enabled an investigation into the relationship between sex differences and cerebral small vessel disease. The research, published in… Read More
$2.2M Investment for National Platform for Secure Research Collaboration
$2.2M Investment for National Platform for Secure Research Collaboration

$2.2M Investment for National Platform for Secure Research Collaboration

7 December 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au A national collaboration including UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing has been successful in securing National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) investment from ARDC’s 2020 Platforms program to create a… Read More
Drinking Linked to a Decline in Brain Health Across Lifespan
Drinking Linked to a Decline in Brain Health Across Lifespan

Drinking Linked to a Decline in Brain Health Across Lifespan

4 December 2020

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest. Writing for The BMJ, UNSW Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Healthy… Read More
Machine Learning Predicts Onset of Dementia
Machine Learning Predicts Onset of Dementia

Machine Learning Predicts Onset of Dementia

23 November 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Researchers from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney have undertaken the largest comparison of survival analysis methods to date, to predict the onset of dementia… Read More
Two-Way Influence Between Cognition and Social Connection Outside the Home
Two-Way Influence Between Cognition and Social Connection Outside the Home

Two-Way Influence Between Cognition and Social Connection Outside the Home

9 November 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have shown that having more relationships with friends and family outside of the home helps preserve cognition. The study, led by Dr Anne-Nicole Casey, Research… Read More
Positive Mental Health, Positive Ageing
Positive Mental Health, Positive Ageing

Positive Mental Health, Positive Ageing

3 November 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au An engaged online audience of over 300 community seniors joined the Eastern Suburbs Older Persons Mental Health Service’s annual healthy ageing forum, held for the first time by webinar due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Mr Mike Gatsi… Read More
Healthy life expectancy across Australia on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed
Healthy life expectancy across Australia on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

Healthy life expectancy across Australia on the rise as latest global disease estimates revealed

19 October 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au The latest global disease estimates, published in The Lancet, reveal a perfect storm of rising chronic diseases and public health failures fuelling the COVID-19 pandemic.  Healthy life expectancy in Australia and New Zealand - the number… Read More
Blood Pressure Treatment Associated with Double Rate of Cognitive Decline in Older Individuals
Blood Pressure Treatment Associated with Double Rate of Cognitive Decline in Older Individuals

Blood Pressure Treatment Associated with Double Rate of Cognitive Decline in Older Individuals

12 October 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au A blood pressure reading that is greater than 140 mmHg and left untreated will significantly worsen cognitive decline in older persons. However, systolic blood pressure that is lower than 120 mmHg and is treated with antihypertensive… Read More
Metformin Treatment Linked to Slowed Cognitive Decline
Metformin Treatment Linked to Slowed Cognitive Decline

Metformin Treatment Linked to Slowed Cognitive Decline

24 September 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au A six-year study of older Australians with type 2 diabetes has uncovered a link between metformin use, slower cognitive decline and lower dementia rates. Metformin is the first-line treatment for most cases of type 2 diabetes and one of… Read More
Dementia Divide between Rural and Metropolitan Areas
Dementia Divide between Rural and Metropolitan Areas

Dementia Divide between Rural and Metropolitan Areas

22 September 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au The proportion of people with dementia in rural and regional Australia is consistent with that of metropolitan areas. Access to diagnosis and support however is not. This inequality across the country poses enormous challenges to people… Read More
World Alzheimer's Day 2020
World Alzheimer's Day 2020

World Alzheimer's Day 2020

21 September 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Today is World Alzheimer's Day. With 150 million people expected to have dementia world-wide by 2050, CHeBA's Co-Directors Professor Perminder Sachdev and Professor Henry Brodaty encourage everyone to assist in the global effort to raise… Read More
Improving GP Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Dementia
Improving GP Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Dementia

Improving GP Assessment, Diagnosis and Management of Dementia

14 September 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Researchers from the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) and the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney collaborated with researchers from ANU and LaTrobe University to publish an evaluation of the first… Read More