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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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"Honey from across the world is contaminated with potent pesticides known to harm bees," The Guardian reports. This is based on a study that analysed nearly 200 samples of honey, collected from diverse regions worldwide, and found that 75% contained traces of a group of pesticides called...
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"Vitamin D supplements protect against severe asthma attacks," The Daily Telegraph reports. The headline was prompted by a review that pooled data from seven trials comparing taking vitamin D supplements with a placebo in people with asthma. The researchers wanted to see whether vitamin D...
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"Over half of new cancer drugs 'show no benefits' for survival or wellbeing," The Guardian reports. That was the finding of a study looking at the evidence supporting new cancer drugs approved between 2009 and 2013 by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The study found only half of drug...
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"Pregnant vegetarians are three times more likely to have kids who abuse drugs and alcohol," reports the Mail Online. Researchers claim to have found a link between substance abuse at age 15, and diet of the child's mother during pregnancy. But it is far from clear that avoiding meat in...
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"Skipping breakfast may be linked to poor heart health," The Guardian reports. Researchers from Spain found that people who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to have atherosclerosis – hardening and thickening of the arteries due to a build-up of fatty deposits known as plaques...
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"Diabetics should save bread for last at mealtime to keep their blood sugar under control," the Mail Online reports. A small study found that people with type 2 diabetes who saved their carbohydrates until the end of their meal were less likely to experience a sudden rise in their blood...
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2 October 2017 – Chris Lynch has been appointed as Alzheimer's Disease Internaitonal's (ADI's) Director of Policy, Communication and Publications and Deputy CEO. Chris has joined the team in London after almost 5 years with Alzheimer Scotland , serving as Deputy Director for...
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"Dirty laundry a powerful magnet for bedbugs, study finds," is The Guardian's headline, with The Times and The Daily Telegraph also covering this creepy-crawly story. Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and...
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"Measles eliminated in the UK for the first time," reports The Telegraph. This and other stories in the media are based on a new World Health Organization (WHO) report confirming the UK is now one of 33 countries in Europe to have "eliminated" measles. "Elimination" is...
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28 September 2017 – ADI has published its first report on the impact of dementia in sub-Saharan Africa. The report presents new research and calls for urgent action to improve awareness, access to health services and social protection in the region. [read the report]...
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27 September 2017 – The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Dementia Alliance International (DAI) will lead a £7.7 million project to build research capacity and provide much-needed evidence on dementia care in seven...
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"HIV rises among over-50s as they neglect safe sex" is the headline from The Times. The news is based on a European study that found more over-50s are being diagnosed with HIV compared with 12 years ago. The study collected data on more than 360,000 people who had been newly diagnosed...
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"Targeted radiotherapy 'cures' prostate cancer that kills thousands," reports The Times. The news is based on a UK study of the use of high-precision radiotherapy to treat men with advanced localised prostate cancer. Researchers wanted to see if they could safely target cancer cells that...
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26 September 2017 – End stage trials for potential new Alzheimer’s Disease drug Intepirdine have failed to show positive results. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) welcomes more research into new treatments, urging that global investment must continue to enhance prevention,...
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News that sexual harassment in the workplace can cause depression and work absence has hit the headlines after the results of a Danish study were published. Researchers surveyed 7,603 employees from 1,041 organisations in Denmark, and asked them about symptoms of depression and whether they'd been...
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"Vacuuming and scrubbing the floor are enough exercise to protect the heart and extend life," reports The Telegraph, with other media sources reporting a similar finding – that physical activity in our everyday lives is just as good as going to the gym. This follows a large international...
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"Controversial Lightning Process 'helps children with chronic fatigue syndrome'," reports The Guardian. The story is based on a UK study investigating whether a treatment called the Lightning Process helped teenagers being treated for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as ME (...
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21 September 2017 – The World Health Organisation (WHO) have marked World Alzheimer’s Day with the publication of new materials on the global plan on dementia, produced in partnership with ADI. The materials include a new infographic on the global impact of dementia, and factsheets on...
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21 September 2017 – Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is an opportunity to join the global call by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to prioritise the response to dementia in every country. It is also an important time to recognise and respect those living with dementia,...

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