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Bill Gates said he is giving 50 million US dollars (£38 million) to help fight Alzheimer's disease. The Microsoft co-founder said the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation. The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks…
The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. Meanwhile, thousands of applications have taken more than a year to be completed - despite the recommended time-frame of just three weeks. In some…
New figures published by the Mental Welfare Commission show a rise of 12.5% in existing guardianship orders in Scotland, to 12,082 at March 2017. These orders are granted by a court when a person does not have the capacity to make some or all decisions for themselves because of mental…
Blood-thinning drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people suffering from irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A study found that patients being treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) were less likely to develop dementia if they were taking anticoagulants. Their risk was reduced by up to 48% compared…
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, remains the leading cause of death in England and Wales, figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the condition accounted for 12% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the…
The UK's dementia 'hotspots' have been revealed in interactive maps. They show the regions most affected by dementia, with coastal towns and areas popular with retired people featuring heavily in the list. Christchurch in Dorset has the highest prevalence of dementia per head of population at 28 cases per 1,000…
The winners of Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2017 have been announced at a ceremony held on World Alzheimer’s Day, last week, at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. The Awards, a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the SSSC, sets out to recognise the incredible difference that…
A new app could help enhance home and hospital environments for elderly people and those with dementia, by asking them to give feedback on their surroundings. The University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), together with Space Architects, launched Iridis on Thursday - World Alzheimer's Day. A first of…
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