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Highlights of the 9th International Conference on FTD: 23rd-25th October 2014

FTD researchers have recently returned from Vancouver where they attended the biennial international FTD conference. The meeting has slowly grown over the years with increasing interest in the FTD field, and nearly 600 people attended the conference from around 30 countries and a wide variety of research was presented from new brain imaging markers through […]

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Sniffing out FTD: can a test of smell differentiate FTD from mood disorders?

In a study published in the journal Applied Neuropsychology, Heyanka and colleagues studied the sense of smell in patients with frontotemporal dementia and elderly patients with major depression, to determine if this simple test can differentiate between the two groups. The early stages of FTD can sometimes present in a similar fashion to depressive disorders […]

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Why do people with FTD lose their ability to live and function independently?

The impact of FTD on everyday living is very well known to the families of those affected by it. As the disease progresses, the person needs support to deal with complex tasks such as preparing meals, managing their finances, doing the shopping, amongst other daily chores. For the behavioural form of the disease, other simpler […]