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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
Depression Unlikely to be a Risk Factor for Dementia
Depression Unlikely to be a Risk Factor for Dementia

Depression Unlikely to be a Risk Factor for Dementia

9 September 2020

International research led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney suggests that depression is more likely to be attributable to dementia-related brain changes than a risk factor or reaction to the disease. Depression commonly accompanies Alzheimer’s… Read More
New Mechanisms to Reduce Impact of Neuroinflammatory Diseases
New Mechanisms to Reduce Impact of Neuroinflammatory Diseases

New Mechanisms to Reduce Impact of Debilitating Neuroinflammatory Diseases

8 September 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Australian researchers have discovered a new mechanism in the brain that has the potential to reduce the impact of debilitating neuroinflammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. Findings… Read More
Blood Pressure Medication Use Appears Helpful by Slowing Down the Spread of Alzheimer’s Disease
Blood Pressure Medication Use Appears Helpful by Slowing Down the Spread of Alzheimer’s Disease

Blood Pressure Medication Use Appears Helpful by Slowing Down the Spread of Alzheimer’s Disease

31 August 2020

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. It slowly robs people of their memories, progressively infiltrates other cognitive faculties and functions, and is eventually fatal. Dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease contributes the majority of cases, is the second leading cause of… Read More
40% of Dementia Cases Could be Prevented or Delayed
40% of Dementia Cases Could be Prevented or Delayed

40% of Dementia Cases Could be Prevented or Delayed

10 August 2020

Gill Livingston, University College London, UK and colleagues have published an excellent update of studies over last three years on prevention of dementia in The Lancet. A 2017 report from the same group reported that nine potentially preventable risk factors accounted for 35… Read More
More Years of Education Reduces Risk of Dementia
More Years of Education Reduces Risk of Dementia

More Years of Education Reduces Risk of Dementia

5 August 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au An international research study led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney has provided further support to the finding that more years of education are associated with a decreased risk of dementia.  The research,… Read More
Making “Mindreading” Easier on the Mind: A New Version of a Theory of Mind Assessment for Older Adults
Making “Mindreading” Easier on the Mind: A New Version of a Theory of Mind Assessment for Older Adults

Making “Mindreading” Easier on the Mind: A New Version of a Theory of Mind Assessment for Older Adults

14 July 2020

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Researchers from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) have developed an enhanced version of a popular test for theory of mind, making it shorter and more effective for use with older adults. The research, published in the… Read More