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UK scientists awarded dementia research grant

UK scientists awarded dementia research grant
24th September 2008

A team of UK scientists has secured a research award of almost £2 million to investigate the causes of the second-most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers from the University of Manchester will look into the biological causes of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), which is characterised by language and behaviour dysfunction as opposed to the memory loss associated with Alzheimer's.

Another difference is that FTLD can affect younger adults – as young as in their 20s - although most tend to be in their 50s or 60s.

"Sufferers can become apathetic or exhibit behaviour at the other extreme and lose normal social values which lead them to act inappropriately," said lead researcher Stuart Pickering-Brown.

While two genes have been identified as having a role in FTLD, Dr Pickering-Brown said other genes may play a part and that is what they are seeking to investigate.

A Barchester care home received national praise this week for, among other things, the levels of care received by residents with dementia.

Writing for the Daily Mail, Bel Mooney said the "sheer merriment" of staff at St Thomas' care home in Basingstoke was a "revelation".

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