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Patients over the age of 65 who start taking benzodiazepines have a 50% increased chance of developing dementia, according to a study

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A popular anti-anxiety drug has been linked with an increased risk of dementia in pensioners, according to new research.

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

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Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled by 2015 in a bid to make Britain a world leader in the field, David Cameron announced today.

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Hundreds of vulnerable people seeking court decisions about where they live or whom they can meet could experience months of delays because the government expert protecting their interests has almost run out of money, The Independent can disclose.

Brief encounter: Jonathan Brown wears distorting glasses, noisy headphones and neoprene mittens to experience what life is like for people living with dementia

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Dementia affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, yet few know how it feels. A new awareness course aims to help us to find out

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David Cameron today stepped in to the row over the Iron Lady, claiming the film should have been made "another day".

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Stanford ruled fit for trial on $7bn Ponzi allegations

The long-awaited trial of Allen Stanford, who is accused of swindling thousands of investors out of more than $7bn through an elaborate Ponzi scheme, will start next month.

Album: Joyce DiDonato, Diva Divo (Virgin Classics)

For Joyce DiDonato, the restrictions of her mezzo-soprano range are more than adequately compensated for by the opportunity to play a wider range of characters, "from ardent young men to demented, murderous wives".

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.

Are We Related?, Edited by Liz Jobey

Philip Larkin's famously frank condemnation of the effects of parents - that they "fuck us up" - lead us into this Granta collection of fiction and memoir on family relationships.

Mid-life stress 'increases dementia risk'

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

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