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Huge spike in use of controversial new 'deprivation of liberty' orders despite critics arguing they are not fit for purpose

More than 11,000 people were deprived of their liberty last year using controversial new legislation that critics have argued is “not fit for purpose”.

Binge-drink OAPs risk brain damage, warn scientists

Pensioners were warned today not to binge-drink after new research revealed they could be damaging their brains.

The Long Earth, By Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

One small Stepper for mankind

John Simpson with partner Dee Kruger and son Rafe

BBC broadcaster John Simpson says he plans to commit suicide rather than allow young son to see him as a 'gibbering wreck' in old age

The veteran correspondent said "I don’t want my 6 year-old son to have his only memory of me as a gibbering wreck"

Care home patients with dementia being 'denied sex'

Care home patients suffering from dementia should be allowed to participate in consensual sex, experts said.

Dirt, By David Vann

The family that fights together...

Warning on financial scams targeting the elderly

Older people are being warned not to fall prey to bogus retail and investment schemes, after 78 rogue companies raking in more than £28 million from people were shut down in the last three years alone.

Fish oil does not aid memory loss

Omega-3 supplements do not appear to prevent mental decline in old age, a study review has shown.

Heather Roberts, 57, pictured with her daughter Frances, 27: 'It was frustrating that it was such a hard fight to be diagnosed'

Most GPs can't recognise signs of Alzheimer's

Early treatment alleviates symptoms but only 37 per cent of doctors are trained to identify it

Disabled home care costs up 10 per cent

Frail elderly and disabled people are being charged more for council help to get washed, dressed and fed at home, according to a survey.

Care worker sacked after feeding patient dog biscuit

A care worker at an old people's home has been sacked for feeding a patient a dog biscuit, it emerged today.

Trending: Be aware, be very aware

From the downright obvious to the teary-eyed, May offers a bumper harvest of awareness weeks and campaigns, some worthy, some (much) less so...

Louis Theroux: ‘For the first time I’m doing shows that have no real implied critique’

'You can't in any way take advantage of or manipulate people who are vulnerable'

A documentary on autism has wowed the TV critics, says Simon Usborne

Two-year-old Tilly is being trained to carry medicine for her owner at Dogs for the Disabled in Banbury

Guide dogs for the mind to fight dementia

Animals will help Alzheimer's patients remember their medicine and steer them through the day

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'