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Charlie Cooper is Health Reporter for the Independent

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Alzheimer’s affects around 500,000 people in the UK

Alzheimer's breakthrough: Scientists may have found potential cause of the disease in the behaviour of immune cells - giving new hope to millions

Discovery to kickstart hunt for a treatment after years of under-investment by drug firms

Apps such as Jawbone monitor our activity levels, heart rate and sleep patterns

Fitness apps don't improve health - and could be harmful

They are the latest health and fitness ‘revolution’, beloved of the fad dieters and the pilates obsessives – not to mention some of our leading politicians.

A scan of an Alzheimer's patient's brain

Successes and failures in the search for dementia cure

The quest to find a cure for Alzheimer's has led scientists down numerous routes

The simple breath test measures the level of compounds in the breath that can point to cancer risk

New breath test could be used to detect stomach cancer

The technology has the 'potential' to monitor people thought to be at high risk

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that the risk of dementia was one third higher in people with a BMI less than 20.

Being overweight may not increase dementia risk and could protect against mental decline

The research concludes it is those who are underweight in middle age who have a greater chance of developing dementia

Overall 87 percent of patients who required hospital admission were seen within 18 weeks up to February – short of the target to see 90 per cent within in this timeframe.

NHS England misses waiting times target for routine operations for second time in a year

Official figures reveal 40,000 people had to wait more than 18 weeks for treatment starting in February

Heart disease, respiratory illness and dementia account for considerably more deaths per year than cancer

Thousands of dying non-cancer patients missing out on specialist end-of-life care, says report

The report added that people aged over 85, black, Asian and minority ethnic people are also more likely to miss out on vital care and pain relief

The NHS has suffered from enormous financial strain over the past few years and vital improvements, such as reducing GP waiting times, are needed (PA)

A&E waiting times in England hit their worst levels in a decade, official figures reveal

Hospitals in England have collectively breached the target of treating 95 per cent of patients in four hours for an entire year

The Local Government Association (LGA) said that while some firms were showing willing to reduce sugar, others were “dragging their heels”.

Councils urging drinks manufacturers to cut 'unacceptable' levels of sugar from their products

The Local Government Association (LGA) said that while some firms were showing willing to reduce sugar, others were 'dragging their heels'

Cancer Research UK, which compiled the figures, said the huge increase was likely to be a consequence of British people having greater access to sunny climes since the cost of a holiday abroad dropped significantly in the 1960s.

Cheap holidays blamed for huge rise in skin cancers

Older men are 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma than their parents’ generation and women are five times more likely

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own