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29 May 2017 - Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) addressed the 70th Sesssion of the World Health Assembly today with a statement welcoming the adoption of the Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 . The statement followed the...
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29 May 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has unanimously adopted a global plan on dementia at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. The plan follows ten years of advocacy by ADI for a global response to the growing impact of dementia worldwide. The adoption of the...
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"Fitness trackers out of step when measuring calories, research shows," The Guardian reports. An independent analysis of a number of leading brands found they were all prone to inaccurate recording of energy expenditure. Researchers recruited 60 participants to take part in a range of...
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"Meditation can leave you feeling even more stressed," the Daily Mail reports. The claim is prompted by a study of 60 practitioners of Buddhist meditation in the US which found they'd had a range of "challenging or difficult" experiences associated with the practice. However, it...
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"A pot belly is a red flag for cancer," reports the Mail Online after a new study found an increase in waist circumference carries similar risks for developing cancer as raised body mass index (BMI). The study used data from several European studies of more than 43,000 adults aged around...
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"Regularly tucking into a bar of chocolate may actually be good for us," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Denmark say people who eat chocolate one to six times a week are less likely to get a heart condition called atrial fibrillation than those who eat it hardly at all (less than...
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"Just half a glass of wine a day ups the risk of breast cancer by nine per cent, experts warn," The Sun reports. A major report looking at global evidence found that drinking just 10g of alcohol a day – 1.25 units – was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer . The report was...
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23 May 2017 - Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is an international non-governmental organization based in London, United Kingdom with 30 years’ experience leading the global dementia community. Our aim is to develop capacity of our member associations around the world and raise...
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"Simple saliva test for dementia 'shows promise' in bid to diagnose the disease early," the Daily Mirror reports. This news is based on a laboratory study that took saliva samples from 12 healthy adults, nine adults with Alzheimer’s disease , and eight with mild cognitive impairment (MCI...
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"Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK survey suggests," BBC News reports. The survey asked 1,479 young people aged 14-24 to score popular social media apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness...
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"Swallowable gastric balloon could help the obese lose weight without surgery," The Guardian reports. The news, which was widely reported, is based on a study presented at the European Congress of Obesity in Portugal. Researchers in Italy found obese patients who used a swallowable...
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"The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth," reports BBC News. The story is based on research from scientists at the University of Birmingham, reported at a medical conference but not yet published. The researchers used information from a UK database of GP records...
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"A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look 'significantly' more ugly," reports BBC News. Researchers in Sweden found people rated photographs of strangers as less attractive and healthy when the people in the photographs had less sleep. The study used photographs of healthy,...
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"Forget Plan B – try aloe vera, controversial study claims: Scientists insist pills made from dandelions and mangoes can prevent pregnancy without a hit of hormones," reports the Mail Online. The news is based on a study investigating whether chemicals found in certain plants can reduce...
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"Fizzy water could cause obesity by encouraging you to eat more," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers aimed to see whether it could be the carbonation in soft drinks – rather than the sugar – that explains the link between soft drinks and obesity. Overall, they found rats that drank...
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"Keyhole knee surgery for arthritis pain 'is pointless'," the Daily Mail reports. The headline is prompted by a review of the available evidence around knee arthroscopy (keyhole) procedures for people with degenerative knee conditions such as osteoarthritis – so called 'wear and tear...
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"Yoga can ease depression symptoms, according to the largest study to ever investigate the link," the Mail Online reports. The study didn't find any benefits from doing yoga at the end of the 10-week study period, but there were improvements in symptoms at a six-month follow-up review...
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12 May 2017 – The NCD Alliance have appointed their first Board in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including the new CEO of ADI, Paola Barbarino, and leading NCD advocates from 11 countries. NCDs, including dementia, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide...
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"Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments," BBC News reports. The report says advances in antiretroviral drug treatments reduce the risks of serious complications. Researchers used data from 88,504 people with HIV from...
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"Taking painkillers for just one week 'raises the risk of a heart attack'," the Daily Mail reports. The report is based on a new analysis that found a link between anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen and heart attack risk . Researchers looked at data from 446,763 people and found...

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