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Sickly Chirac is not fit to stand trial, corruption case judge told

Embezzlement charges could come to nothing after diagnosis of Alzheimer's

Profit and Loss, By Leontia Flynn

The sum of all her tears

Walking To Hollywood, By Will Self

Self's latest work has its roots in the once fashionable notion that walking is a radical act. In this triptych of surreal tales that come dressed as memoir, Self takes on the role of loquacious author-narrator.

Album: Glen Campbell, Ghost on the Canvas (Surfdog)

Stricken with Alzheimer's, Glen Campbell has announced that this is to be his final album; and there's a profound valedictory tone about it, as songwriters such as Jakob Dylan and Paul Westerberg craft material custom-built for Campbell's situation.

Between The Covers: 21/08/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Poetry, Lee Chang-dong, 139 mins (12A)

In a novel for the screen, a woman's luck goes from bad to verse

Blankers Jnr: 'My mother only enjoyed herself when she was being worshipped'

Fanny Blankers-Koen was the undisputed star of the 1948 London Olympics but a biography that has never been published in English reveals a darker side to her brilliance, writes Simon Turnbull

Worried you’ll get Alzheimer’s? Then follow these seven steps

Of the seven factors, low education and and lack of mental stimulation are considered the most significant

How a family tree can save your life

Finding out which conditions afflicted our forebears can tell us more about the risks we face than expensive genetic tests. Hugh Wilson reports

Hope for millions of Alzheimer's sufferers as scientists make brain cells from human skin

Skin cells from a 30-year-old woman have been turned directly into mature nerve cells similar to those found in the brain using a procedure that promises to revolutionise the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

£35,000 cap plan for elderly care reform

No one should have to pay more than £35,000 towards long-term nursing care in their old age, a report into the fundamental restructuring of Britain's social care said yesterday.

A Day That Shook The World: Deciphering the human genome

On 26 June 2000, Bill Clinton acknowledged one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in human history - the mapping of the human genome.

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, BBC2, Monday<br/>Castle, Channel 5, Friday

Terry stares death in the face &ndash; and opens all our eyes

How to protect your finances with a power of attorney

What happens if you are left unable to make decisions for yourself? Kate Hughes looks at ways to provide for family if tragedy befalls
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