i Philip Pullman, author

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Eating a Mediterranean diet is good for the mind, research has concluded.

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

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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’

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Robotic seals could improve lives of dementia sufferers

International researchers find electronic therapeutic companions made mid to-late-stage sufferers of the degenerative condition experience lower levels anxiety, aggression and loneliness

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