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Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough: British scientists pave way for simple pill to cure disease

Historic ‘turning point’ hailed as UK researchers discover how to halt death of brain cells, opening new pathway for future drug treatments

Alzheimer’s research is promising but there’s a way to go

Good scientists are careful not to overplay the significance of their own research, let alone the research of others. So when leading lights in the field speak of possible “turning points” and “history”, it is worth sitting up and paying attention.

Stress in middle-aged women could increase risk of dementia

Women who experience stressful events such as divorce are at a higher risk of developing the condition

Paperback review: The World Until Yesterday By Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday opens with a fascinating scene: Port Moresby airport in Papua New Guinea, 2006, a picture of modernity, staffed by New Guineans, tapping on computers, screening baggage, flying planes. Yet it is only 80 years or so since the New Guinea Highlands were “discovered” by Australia. The grandparents of today’s New Guinean pilots, clerks and baggage handlers were still using stone tools.

World Alzheimer Report: Global number of dependent older people will nearly treble to 277m by 2050 - with almost half suffering from dementia

The number of dependent older people in the world will nearly treble to 277m by 2050, according to a new report, with almost half of those suffering from dementia.

Voters on verge of expelling Australia’s ‘nastiest’ MP

Postal and absentee votes are still being counted, but Sophie Mirabella seems almost certain of losing her seat in northern Victoria

Brazilian forward Leonidas (L) controls the ball in front of a Swedish defender during the World Cup soccer match for third place between Brazil and Sweden 19 June 1938 in Bordeaux.

Google Doodle celebrates fancy footwork of Brazilian footballer Leonidas da Silva

Today's Google Doodle features a frame-by-frame sketch of Brazilian footballer Leonidas da Silva performing a 'bicycle kick' on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Nigel Harman who plays Simon Cowell and Simon Cowell at a photo-call for the X Factor musical I Can't Sing
Copper could be a major environmental culprit in the progression of Alzheimer's

Scientists link copper in diet and progression in Alzheimer’s

Copper could be a major environmental culprit in the progression of Alzheimer’s, research suggests.

A study has suggested breastfeeding might reduce women's risk of Alzheimer's disease

Breastfeeding might reduce women's risk of Alzheimer's disease, suggests study

Figures suggest the longer a woman spends breastfeeding, the lower the overall risk becomes

Rugby injuries could be linked to early onset dementia, warns scientist

Dr Willie Stewart found that high impact sports could lead to the disease normally associated with former boxers

Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer's disease

Poor dental health and gum disease may cause Alzheimer’s

Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.

ACE Inhibitor drugs offer dementia treatment hope

Drugs used to treat high blood pressure could slow the rate of cognitive decline in dementia patients, research suggests.

Researchers suggested that better early life education and improved heart care could be responsible for the decline in dementia

Researchers cut 130,000 from number of UK dementia sufferers

Figure now 670,000 with credit given to better early life education and improved heart care - but rise in obesity could send figure up again

UK's first dementia dog gives couple 'their lives back’

Pilot scheme in Scotland sees specially-trained pet partners helping care for the elderly

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links