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A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrough to treat Alzheimer's and similar degenerative diseases would immediately free up funds from social care that could be…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
Low dose aspirin may help cells in the brain to clear away a toxic protein molecule at the core of Alzheimer's, early research suggests. Scientists showed the common pain killer stimulated cellular machinery that acts as a waste disposal system to keep the brain "clean". Genetically engineered mice given the…
Actor Simon Pegg has lent his support to a new dementia awareness campaign by appearing in a video that explains how the condition affects the brain. The Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz star, 48, provides the introduction and narration for charity Alzheimer's Research UK's two-minute clip. Titled Dementia…
Experts have strongly condemned "irresponsible" and "deeply cynical" claims that a new food supplement can slow the progress of Alzheimer's. A study of 13 patients found that a combination of fish oil and eye-protective nutrients led to "significant" improvements in memory, sight and mood. Trial patients who took the Memory…
Significant investment is needed to improve the quality of care for dementia patients despite new recommendations, a charity has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) published an updated guideline on dementia, but the Alzheimer's Society said it is "just a starting point". It is the first…
Ground-breaking new research has identified a unique combination of nutrients to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which affects over 520,000 people across the UK. The 18-month study examined the effect of a nutritional compounds, which are often found in common foods such as trout, broccoli and peppers. Fronted…
Dementia sufferers at a Northern Ireland care home suffered a "horrific catalogue of inhuman and degrading treatment", an investigation has found. Launching a scathing report into standards at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) Eddie Lynch identified "significant failures" in the safeguarding and…
Fifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of getting dementia in later life, a new study has suggested. Study participants had a greater risk even if they did not have other heart-related problems, the research published in the European Heart Journal said. The association between blood…
Researchers at Middlesex University (MDX) need healthy adults to participate in crucial research aiming to develop a novel test, which will be used in a study investigating whether music therapy sessions have beneficial effects in adults who are experiencing cognitive decline and are living in care homes. The research is…
A combination of sleep, exercise and alcohol could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that a good night's sleep, increasing heart rate through exercise and 25ml of wine per day can help stimulate the brain's own cleaning system. Previous studies have shown that Alzheimer's disease is…
Scotland's first ever Dementia Friendly park is being launched today in one of Stirling’s best used recreational areas by walking charity, Paths for All. In a bid to make Stirling’s Kings Park more accessible to everyone, the city space has been transformed to allow those living with dementia to be…
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