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Does brain size predict Alzheimer's?

Friday Dec 23 2011

Does brain size predict Alzheimer's?

“Having a brain packed full of grey matter means you are less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease” the Daily Mirror has reported. The news was based on research which found that healthy elderly people...

Dementia care 'lacking', report finds

Friday Dec 16 2011

Dementia care 'lacking', report finds

“Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients',” The Guardian has today reported. The newspaper says that the National Audit of Dementia has found that...

Can eating fish prevent Alzheimer's?

Wednesday Nov 30 2011

Can eating fish prevent Alzheimer's?

"Fish could protect against Alzheimer’s" reported The Daily Telegraph today. Several newspapers have reported that people who eat baked or grilled fish once a week are up to five times...

Rare syndrome 'may give autism clues'

Monday Nov 28 2011

Rare syndrome 'may give autism clues'

“A rare syndrome linked to autism could help explain the origins of the condition,” BBC News reported. The broadcaster said that in the search for clues about autism, scientists have examined a rare condition called Timothy syndrome...

Electrical Alzheimer's therapy tested

Friday Nov 25 2011

Electrical Alzheimer's therapy tested

Alzheimer’s could be eased by “the return of electric shock therapy” The Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper says that “in a small-scale study, regular fleeting pulses of electricity stopped the brain shrinkage...

Do computer games mess with kids' minds?

Wednesday Nov 16 2011

Do computer games mess with kids' minds?

“Teenage video game players have brains “'like gambling addicts'” reported the Daily Mail. Covering the same research, The Daily Telegraph warned that “children’s brains could be hardwired to spend hours playing video games”. These headlines are...

Vegetative state patients 'aware'

Tuesday Nov 15 2011

Vegetative state patients 'aware'

It may be possible to have conversations with patients who are in a vegetative state, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The newspaper says new research into their brain activity has suggested...

Autism 'may develop in the womb'

Friday Nov 11 2011

Autism 'may develop in the womb'

Children with autism may have too many cells in the brain regions responsible for emotional development, the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper also said that so far genetics appear to be involved in less than a fifth of cases...

Parkinson's stem cell boost

Tuesday Nov 8 2011

Parkinson's stem cell boost

New stem cell research may point to ways to replace the brain cells that die off in Parkinson’s disease, The Guardian has today reported. In the research, scientists were able to use human stem cells to create...

Learn dementia signs, public urged

Monday Nov 7 2011

Learn dementia signs, public urged

The government has today launched a campaign urging the public to learn the early signs of dementia. Several news sources have reported on the new initiative, which is designed to help boost early diagnosis by encouraging people to...

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