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Brain training games fail to improve IQ says study

Hugely popular brain training games that sell in their millions may be fun to play but do nothing to improve IQ, a study has found.

Going Postal with Terry Pratchett

The Discworld author talks about a new television adaptation of "Going Postal," the problems power brings, and the impossibility of living in a world when he isn't writing a book. Matilda Battersby reports.

'She asks me who I am – and I'm her husband'

Alzheimer's changed everything for Ian and Mary Winship. But after 50 years of marriage, they have an unbreakable bond, says David Graham

The Wilderness, By Samantha Harvey

Many novels have documented the trials of living with dementia, but this mind-bending debut throws us straight into the skewed recesses of a suffer's brain. The 60-year-old Jake has always had an uneasy relationship with his past, even before the onset of Alzheimer's.

Tom Sutcliffe: I would rather not see my future, thanks

A bus may get us long before we get to where science told us we were going

Terry Pratchett: Why stop trusting a doctor who has the power to kill you?

If we are are to live in a world where a socially acceptable "early death" can be allowed, it must be allowed as a result of careful consideration. Let us consider me as a test case. As I have said, I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before Alzheimer's disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.

Pratchett: 'Let me be suicide court test case'

Sir Terry Pratchett is offering himself as a test case for assisted suicide "tribunals" to give people legal permission to end their life with medical help.

Lives Remembered: Becky Williams

My wife Rebecca Florence Williams, or Becky, who died at home in Southport, on 15 December 2009, moved with her family to the town 30 years ago and played an active role in serving the local community.

Mobile phones 'may prevent Alzheimer's'

Mobile phones may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer's disease, scientists have discovered.

Meet Hobbie-J, the smartest rat in the world

A rat is impressing American scientists with her extraordinary intellect.

Leading article: Elderly care must become a priority

The Alzheimer's Society yesterday published an indictment of the care of patients with dementia in the NHS.

'Slimline' Queen's Speech to push financial reform

Election-year legislative programme to prioritise public debt and social care

Plan at last to tackle 'liquid cosh' dementia drugs

Twelve years after the Royal College of Physicans warned about the practice of “switching the patients out with the lights” in old people’s homes, and a decade since the Alzheimer’s Society first demanded an end to the use of the “liquid cosh”, the Government yesterday announced an action plan to tackle over-prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs to elderly people.

Early test found for Alzheimer's

A multi-tasking test can help avoid confusion between symptoms of depression and early Alzheimer's, research suggests.

Unseen Academicals, By Terry Pratchett

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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
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Witches: A history of misogyny

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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

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