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"Tissue inflammation blood test points to dementia risk," is the headline in The Times. Researchers in the US say people who have higher measures of inflammation in middle age are likely to have less brain tissue in some parts of their brain in older age. The differences in brain volume,...
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"A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer," reports The Guardian. Researchers wanted to investigate whether there's a link between medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and stomach cancer. Widely used PPIs...
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A new study investigating the effects of a nutrient drink for Alzheimer's disease has led to very different headlines in the media. While BBC News tells us the "Alzheimer's nutrient drink falters in clinical trial", the Daily Mirror reports the drink "could help stave off Alzheimer's...
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31 October 2017 – The Lancet Neurology has published the full results of a large-scale study into the effects of health supplement Souvenaid™. The results do not show a significant improvement in cognition but do show some promising findings for continuing research into nutrition and...
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"Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers," BBC News reports. The news comes from a study looking at the link between social relationships and the risk of developing dementia. The study included a large group of...
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"Afternoon heart surgery has lower risk of complications, study suggests," says The Guardian. Researchers in France were interested in whether the time of day of the operation was carried out affected the rate of complications following a type of open heart surgery known as aortic valve...
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"Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says," writes BBC News. This was just one of the UK media outlets that published the findings of a report looking at the extent of mental ill health in the workplace, and the related...
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"Common blood thinning drugs halve the risk of dementia for patients who have an irregular heartbeat," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Sweden used the country's health registry data to assess whether people with a condition called atrial fibrillation were less likely to get...
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"Do you have one of the 180 breast cancer genes? One in five women has a variant that raises her risk of the condition by a third" is the rather inaccurate headline in the Mail Online. The story covers 2 new studies looking for genetic variations known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (...
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"Starting the day with mushrooms could help you shed pounds from your waistline, new research has found," the Mail Online reports. US researchers wanted to see if regularly eating mushrooms for breakfast makes you feel fuller. Satiety or feeling full can be an important part of a...
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22 October 2017 - Prior to the 10th Ibero-America Alzheimer’s Congress (Santo Domingo, 19 - 21 of October), a one-day workshop was held on the design and implementation of national dementia plans in the Americas. The workshop was organised by Ninoska Ocampo-Barba, President of Asociaci...
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“Men who have performed oral sex on five or more women are at greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, especially if they smoke,” the Evening Standard reports. This story is based on a US study that looked at 9,425 people aged 20 to 59 who provided information about their number of oral sex...
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"Steep rise in self-harm among teenage girls,” BBC News reports. This follows a UK study that used reliable national databases to look at trends in reports of self-harm among young people aged 10 to 19 since 2001. It found annual rates of self-harm of 37 per 10,000 girls and 12.3 per 10,000...
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The benefit system in Northern Ireland is changing with the roll out of Universal Credit which will have a detrimental impact on mixed aged couples in regards to what benefits they can claim. Universal Credit is a new benefit for working aged people however many mixed aged couples may be left worse...
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"More than 30,000 scientific studies could be wrong due to widespread cell contamination dating back 60 years," reports the Mail Online. The news is based on research that suggests incorrect identification of cells grown in the lab could have distorted information in tens of thousands of...
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"A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years," reports BBC News. A modelling study looking at the cost-effectiveness of providing pre-exposure prophylaxis, or Prep, for men at risk of HIV, found it would reduce...
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17 October 2017 – Paola Barbarino, CEO, explains why stigma presents a major challenge for addressing dementia in sub-Saharan Africa – and how taking an elevator can lead to greater support. [read the full blog]...
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"Magic mushrooms can 'reboot' brain to treat depression," reports the Daily Telegraph. The news is based on a small UK study that looked at the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in magic mushrooms, on patients with severe depression. All 19 patients said their depression improved...
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"New warning to pregnant women: Do not sleep on your back in the last trimester as it could cause stillbirth, claim experts," the Mail Online reports. This rather overdramatic headline stems from a new study that investigated the effects of mothers' sleep positions on baby behaviour in 29...
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13 October 2017 – The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, has become an Honorary Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) after affirming the commitment of the country to attain targets of the government’s National plan on dementia and other...

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