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Can repeatedly heading a football lead to dementia?

Heading a football repeatedly may be a factor in the development of dementia, a study has found. Researchers gathered data…

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Can mushrooms really help against dementia?

‘Eat mushrooms to fight dementia’ ran yesterday’s front-page headline in the Daily Express. Will mushroom sales have spiked as a…

Sometimes living with disease is better than being treated for it

When 90-year-old American widow Norma Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with terminal cancer, it was far from being the beginning of the…

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Living near a busy road may increase your risk of dementia

People who live near busy roads are at greater risk of developing dementia, according to research published in The Lancet.…

No, a regular sauna probably doesn’t protect against dementia

Regular sauna visits may reduce the risk of dementia, according to a study at the University of Eastern Finland (however,…

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The battle against dementia in 2016: here’s the good news

There are two problems for understanding dementia in human beings. One is that disease progression can be very slow. The…

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We can’t be sure that dementia rates are falling in the US

Dementia rates in the US have fallen by 2.8 per cent since the year 2000, according to a study published…

Just how prevalent are vitamin B12 deficiencies anyway?

Researchers from the University of Adelaide say they have developed the first optical sensor that can detect vitamin B12 in…

Caffeine addicts are less likely to develop dementia

Caffeine is associated with reduced odds of developing dementia and cognitive impairment in women, according to a study published in…

Terry Jones’s dementia: a cruel fate for a man who found so much joy in words

Along with many people brought up on a diet of Monty Python, I was greatly saddened to hear that Terry…

Calcium supplements and dementia: we need to wait for better evidence

Calcium supplements may raise the risk of dementia among women who have had a stroke, a new study has suggested.…

Exercise in older age ‘protects against dementia’

Researchers at UCLA say they have found an association between low physical activity and a higher risk of dementia. The…

Dementia: can we do anything to reduce the risk?



Around one in 14 of us will develop dementia at some stage — is there anything we can do to avoid it? Benenden health writer Siân Phillips examines the issue

Sorry, a weekly curry won’t prevent dementia

A weekly curry could prevent dementia, according to recent headlines. Sadly the evidence isn’t there yet — but it is…

Exercise ‘knocks a decade off your brain age’

Regular exercise has a profound effect on the brain, delaying cognitive decline by as much as ten years, according to…

Diet can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. But not the way that headlines claim

Sales of maple syrup are sure to rise after a study at the University of Rhode Island suggested the sugary…

Common heartburn drug linked to a higher risk of dementia

Proton pump inhibitors, commonly used to treat heartburn, are associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research by…

Scientists discover genes that can delay Alzheimer’s by up to 17 years

Researchers have identified nine genes that play a part in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published…