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World FTD Awareness Week

This week we have a guest post from Jill Walton who runs the UK FTD Support Group to let us know about the first ever week to raise awareness about FTD. Jill writes: As a result of our collaboration with FTD support groups from around the world at the International FTD Conference in Vancouver last […]

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Psychosis is more common than previously thought in frontotemporal dementia

FTD is a progressive condition so multiple aspects of cognition, function and behaviour may eventually become affected, and psychiatric states like apathy, depression, anxiety, irritability, agitation and aggression are not uncommon. In contrast, the set of symptoms known as psychosis appeared to be rare until recently. Psychosis in dementia Psychosis consists of hallucinations and delusions […]

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GENFI – the first published results of the multicentre Genetic FTD Initiative

Approximately one third of patients with frontotemporal dementia have their disease caused by a problem in one of their genes, with these mutations most commonly involving the genes progranulin, microtubule-associated protein tau, or chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 . For many years research has focused on patients once they have developed symptoms, however recently […]