Lifestyle 

Favourite songs will help you beat dementia: Old tunes can revive lost memories

Doctors believe we retain the clearest memories for songs we enjoyed between the ages of 10 and 30.  The effects are thought to be so profound that British researchers have set up a task force to explore the role music can play in mitigating dementia’s devastating effects.  They want people to learn to play instruments to help prevent the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and have called for music-based therapies to be officially adopted.  Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre, which has set up a…

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Trump back on campaign trail in ‘excellent health’, thanks to ‘incredible genes’

Donald Trump, 71, had been under scrutiny after a controversial new book on the President claimed senior aides believed he may be suffering from dementia.  But Ronny Jackson, physician to the President, announced that a thorough examination revealed he “does not have dementia and is in excellent health overall”.  Dr Johnson said the President was “mentally very sharp” and benefited from “incredible genes”.  The report did reveal he is technically overweight and takes pills to prevent baldness and reddening of the face.  His height of 6ft 3in and weight of…

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Science 

How ‘stem cell’ clinics became a Wild West for dodgy treatments

Pedro Mera/Xinhua/Eyevine By Andy Coghlan SHEILA DRYSDALE’S husband saw stem cells as a last, desperate attempt to ease his wife’s symptoms of dementia. Sadly, the same day she received treatment in Sydney – 20 December 2013 – Drysdale died, aged 75. In July 2016, the coroner investigating the case ruled that Drysdale had bled to death as a result of a liposuction procedure involved in the therapy, saying it had some “troubling hallmarks of ‘quack’ medicine“. Alarmed by this case – the first known death from a stem cell treatment…

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Could you pass the mental test Trump took?

Can you recognize a lion? How about remembering a list of five words, right away and five minutes later? President Donald Trump can. He got all the usual tests as part of his annual physical exam as president. But he also added an extra exam — a cognitive screening test for memory loss or early dementia. It’s not part of the usual battery of tests given a president and may reflect an outpouring of coverage and commentary questioning whether Trump is mentally fit for office. Trump insisted on taking the…

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Lifestyle 

Alzheimer’s disease: Eating a high-salt diet can increase your dementia risk

Scientists have found that salt causes changes in the immune system in the gut – which in turn reduces blood flow to the brain. In a new study, experiments on mice suggested that salty foods harm neurons in the brain – triggering behavioural and mental problems. However, importantly, this damage can be reversed by returning to a normal diet, providing evidence that a change in lifestyle can help to protect against dementia. Professor Costantino Iadecola, of Weill Cornell medical college in New York, led the study. He said: “Normal cognition…

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Dementia warning: Just ONE glass of wine or pint of beer each day could put you at risk

But new research by academics from a number of universities including Oxford has shown that drinking even that amount of alcohol could be a serious risk to health, particularly to the middle aged. The report could lead to a rethink on official advice about safe levels of drinking. The study, published in the Journal Of Public Health, examined the effects of alcohol consumption on neurodegenerative conditions. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have replaced ischemic heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, and death rates for neurological…

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Lifestyle 

Dementia news: Six ‘GOLDEN’ rules to reduce risk of developing the condition REVEALED

Taking regular exercise, eating healthily, keeping your brain active, reducing alcohol intake, giving up smoking and booking frequent check-ups with your family doctor can preserve mental function into old age, say experts.  Dr James Pickett, head of research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It is key we all remember these golden rules and make them part of day-to-day life.  “Although there are factors we can’t change, such as age and genetics, there are also a few simple changes we can all make to help reduce our risk of dementia.”  Dementia has…

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Sport 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte over ‘little man’ jibe

Manchester United boss Mourinho and his counterpart Conte have traded insults over the last 10 days, with Chelsea’s manager accusing Mourinho of going senile and calling him a “little man”. That was in response to two barbs from Mourinho who inferred Conte was “a clown” for his touchline theatrics and then brought up his “match-fixing” charge from his days in Italy. But on his arrival back from Manchester United‘s week of warm weather training in Dubai, Mourinho was quick to resume the verbal slanging match once again. “I think when…

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Sport 

Antonio Conte defends ‘little man’ comment after spat with Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have been at loggerheads for days following the Manchester United manager’s suggestion that the Chelsea boss was a “clown”. The Italian retaliated by claiming Mourinho had senile dementia, having forgotten his previous touchline antics. Old Trafford boss Mourinho followed that with a jibe about match fixing – hinting at Conte’s time at Siena. The former Juventus manager then bit back once more, calling Jose Mouinho a “little man in the past, present and the future”. And Conte has stood by his claims, insisting he regrets…

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Donald Trump could have dementia or ADHD claims explosive book author

American journalist Michael Wolff said aides believe Trump could have dementia, attention defi cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning difficulties. He said fears over the President’s “child-like” behaviour were widespread in the White House along with the belief that Mr Trump is unfit for office. The author claims Mr Trump struggles to read “one page or one paragraph” of the documents given to him and he can’t even follow a presentation. In his instant best-seller Fire And Fury, Mr Wolff claims the President barely reads, his comprehension of basic politics…

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