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Cell breakthrough for Alzheimer's

Brain cells that play a critical role in Alzheimer's disease have been created in the laboratory by scientists.

Chirac denies Alzheimer's claim

The former president Jacques Chirac yesterday denied rumours that he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Chirac lawyers to cite Alzheimer's in attempt to postpone fraud trial

Former French president Jacques Chirac may have Alzheimer's disease – raising doubts over his capacity to face a corruption trial next month – a Paris newspaper said yesterday.

Reagan’s Alzheimer’s ‘began while in office’

A public dispute has broken out between the former president Ronald Reagan’s two sons over whether their father began suffering the effects of Alzheimer’s while still in office.

Reagan had signs of Alzheimer's during first term, says son

America's oldest president was showing signs of the disease in 1984, according to a new book

Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (02/01/11)


New tests could identify Alzheimer's early

Early signs of Alzheimer's can be detected in apparently healthy people with a combination of brain scans and spinal fluid testing, a study has shown.

Hope for millions as brain study unlocks secrets of Alzheimer's

New ways of diagnosing and treating dozens of brain disorders could soon emerge from a pioneering study of the chemical and genetic makeup of the vital microscopic gaps between nerve cells that control all brain functions.

Mary Ann in Autumn, By Armistead Maupin

Phew! That's some relief. This novel is extremely good in familiar ways – and therein, precisely, lies its surprise. When Armistead Maupin first returned to the world of Barbary Lane, San Francisco, resurrecting the characters of his hugely popular, six-volume Tales of the City series for Michael Tolliver Lives (2007), the effect was underwhelming. There was a welcome message contained in the title – that "Mouse" Tolliver, a character who turned HIV-positive in Sure of You (1989), had survived the Aids epidemic, thanks to the restorative power of protease inhibitors.

Tests suggest dementia may be linked with pesticide use

People exposed to pesticides for many years may be at greater risk of dementia. The warning comes from a study of 614 French vineyard workers whose mental functioning was tested over a period of up to six years between 1997 and 2003.

Walking six miles a week boosts the brain

Healthy people who walk at least six miles a week have bigger brains, better memories and improved mental function compared with couch potatoes, a study has found.

Heavy smoking doubles Alzheimer's risk

Heavy smoking in mid-life more than doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study has shown.

New drug guidelines offer hope to Alzheimer's sufferers

Hundreds of thousands of people denied access to Alzheimer's drugs could now get them after a U-turn by the health watchdog, it was announced yesterday. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) caused controversy in 2006 and 2007 when it ruled that the medicines would only be available to people in moderate stages of the disease.

Annual global cost of dementia 'more than 1% of GDP'

The global cost of dementia this year will be £388 billion - more than 1% of GDP, according to a report out today.

Do vitamin supplements really work?

Asked by: Carole Cooper, Southampton. Answered by: Dr Jeya Henry, Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of Functional Food Centre, Oxford Brookes University
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