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Fiona Phillips: A treatment for this most cruel of diseases would mean so much to so many

If you're diagnosed you are told to get on with it - there's this awful misconception that it's just part of old age

Daily vitamin pill could reduce dementia's effects by up to 50 per cent

Tests suggest vitamin B supplements can dramatically slow the onset of Alzheimer's and similar diseases

Men twice as likely as women to be forgetful in old age, says study

In the long, slow slide to oblivion called ageing, men go first, according to research. They are more likely than women to lose their memory and have difficulty thinking.

Mid-life stress 'increases dementia risk'

Mid-life stress can increase the risk of women developing Alzheimer's disease, a study has shown.

Spinal fluid test provides Alzheimer's diagnosis

Scientists have taken a step towards developing an early screening test for Alzheimer's disease.

Savage reveals real football man behind pantomime villain act

The player opposing fans love to boo tells Richard Rae that in his final season he still enjoys the game – despite recent depression

Professor Colin Blakemore: It <i>is</i> right to genetically modify animals for the benefit of humans

There are "lies, damned lies and statistics". Few government figures are more closely examined and inventively interpreted than the annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals.

Pear-shaped women 'more likely to suffer mental decline'

Pear-shaped women who find slimming a challenge may end up "losing it" in other ways, research suggests.

Blood protein 'early clue to Alzheimer's'

Scientists have identified a protein that could be an early indicator for Alzheimer's disease, it emerged today.

Magnets can improve Alzheimer's symptoms

To sceptics of alternative medicine, it will come as a surprise. Applying magnets to the brains of Alzheimer's disease sufferers helps them understand what is said to them. The finding by Italian scientsts, who conducted a randomised controlled trial of the treatment, suggests that magnets may alter "cortical activity" in the brain, readjusting unhealthy patterns caused by disease or damage. The study was small, involving just 10 patients, and the results are preliminary.

Terry Pratchett: My brush with Death

A tsunami leaves a boy dealing with the trauma of burying his people in Terry Pratchett's latest Carnegie-shortlisted novel &ndash; a book he says he's been preparing to write all his life

Stephen Foley: The best prescription for pharma firms

US Outlook: It was a legal battering in the US over the depression medicine Paxil that bounced GlaxoSmithKline into setting up an online register of all its clinical trial data, regardless of whether it had pushed to have the results of a study published in a medical journal. The company had been accused of burying studies which showed the medicine was less effective or more dangerous.

Bert Williams: 'The pain has been with me ever since'

America's 1-0 win over England on a bumpy pitch in Brazil in 1950 shocked the world. Simon Hart talks to the English goalkeeper that fateful day and the United States captain who led part-timers to glory

Elan chief Kelly Martin to leave

Kelly Martin will step down from his post as chief executive of Elan Corporation in 2012 and leave the Irish drugs manufactuer in 2013, the company said yesterday.

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