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FEATURE The diet that kills pain

May 2017 (Vol. 28 Issue 2) /

If you suffer from arthritis, migraine or fibromyalgia, noted American doctor Joseph Mercola has discovered why a fat-burning diet can end pain—and much more.

NEWS Common drug for bladder problems linked to dementia

March 29th 2017 /

Doctors are routinely prescribing a drug to treat overactive bladder that can trigger dementia. The drug, Ditropan (oxybutynin), is given to around a quarter of elderly patients with the problem in the US, even though safer options are available.

NEWS Daily cuppa cuts dementia risk by 50 per cent

March 20th 2017

Drinking at least one cup of tea a day can reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's as we get older, a new study has found.

NEWS Alzheimer's probably not caused by brain plaques, says new research chief

February 27th 2017 /

Medicine has got it wrong about Alzheimer's disease for the past 40 years, the UK's new head of dementia research says. It's far more complex a disease than the idea it's solely caused by plaques in the brain.

FEATURE A sweet solution to Alzheimer’s

January 2017 (Vol. 27 Issue 10) /

The latest evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is, effectively, ‘diabetes’ of the brain. In fact, some researchers claim the two illnesses are so similar that Alzheimer’s should really be called ‘type 3 diabetes’. This might explain why a staggering 70 per cent people suffering from type 2 diabetes go on to develop Alzheimer’s, compared with only 10 per cent of the non-diabetic population who go on to develop the debilitating brain disorder.

NEWS Indigestion tablets nearly double the risk of stroke (so add that to heart attack, kidney disease and dementia)

November 30th 2016 /

Common heartburn medications you can buy at the pharmacy increase the chances of a stroke. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, have already been found to raise the risk of a heart attack, kidney disease and dementia.

NEWS Alzheimer’s now the biggest killer of women

November 16th 2016

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have replaced heart problems as the major killer in the UK—at least for women. A similar pattern has been seen in the US, too, where the rate of coronary heart disease has fallen by 20 per cent since the 1980s.

FEATURE It’s mental: psychiatric drug sales double, yet they don’t work

November 2016 (Vol. 27 Issue 8) /

There’s a pill for every mental and psychological ill—from schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and hyperactivity. The trouble is, say two leading psychologists, they don’t work.

NEWS Standard prostate cancer treatment doubles dementia risk

October 17th 2016

Prostate cancer treatment ADT (androgen deprivation therapy) doubles the chances of dementia, a new study has discovered. It’s the standard treatment for prostate cancers that have spread—and doctors perhaps need to start looking for a safer alternative, say researchers.

NEWS Mid-life exercise helps prevent dementia when you’re old

September 14th 2016

Taking up moderate exercise in your mid-life—around 49 years or so—could pay dividends later, and help you maintain good mental faculties, such as cognition and memory, when you reach old age.

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