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Charity warns 80 per cent of people in care have condition

Care worker 'spat in OAP's face', court hears

A care home worker spat in the face of an elderly resident saying, "she'll learn now, she'll never spit at me again," a prosecutor has told a jury.

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Bloodied and bandaged, Tuilagi triumphs over Bastareaud in heavyweight clash that highlights the modern game's obsession with collisions and brute force

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can block signs of accelerated ageing that may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, a study has found.

'Not up to standard': 25% of care agencies providing services to people in their homes are failing

A quarter of agencies that provide care to people in their own homes do not meet all five national standards of quality and safety, regulators said.

Stafford Hospital nurse cries as she recounts treatment of patient

A senior nurse at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital failed to hold back tears at a disciplinary hearing as she recounted the brutal treatment of an elderly dementia patient by a Bulgarian nurse.

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Editorial: A dilemma that won't go away

As we live longer, the pressure on the health service mounts. The number of hospital stays by elderly patients, by over-75s in particular, has soared by about a third since 2000. It makes for a lopsided use of resources, not just because other people are prevented from using these beds but also because, as Sir David Nicholson, the new head of the NHS Commissioning Board, says in this newspaper, prolonged hospital stays are bad for old people, too.

Doctors are refusing to carry out 'pointless' tests for dementia, warns Jeremy Hunt

Doctors are refusing to carry out tests for dementia as they believe it is pointless as there is no effective cure available, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Farewell to puppet master who defined childhood for a generation: Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson dies

Tributes paid to Anderson, who said Thunderbirds and co were a ‘pain in the arse’

Baroness Thatcher to spend Christmas in hospital

Baroness Thatcher is said to be “in good spirits” as she recovers from minor surgery but is expected to spend Christmas in hospital.

Charity urges dementia awareness over festive period

As families gather for the festive period, a charity is urging people to look out for the signs of dementia in elderly relatives.

In the Republic of Happiness, Royal Court, London

The Royal Court has a proud tradition of offering alternative Yuletide fare and this year they have surpassed themselves with Dominic Cooke's razor-sharp production of a work that could be described as the ultimate antidote to mindless festive cheer.

Loneliness 'can increase Alzheimer's risk'

Feeling lonely can increase the risk of Alzheimer's in later life, a study suggests.

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK to be created

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK are to be created, the Health Secretary will announce today.

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