A blood test can accurately predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to US researchers.
They showed that testing levels of 10 fats in the blood could predict - with 90% accuracy - the risk of the disease coming on in the next three years.
Their findings, published in Nature Medicine, will now be tested in larger clinical trials.
Experts said the results needed to be confirmed, but such a test would be "a real step forward".
The number of people living with dementia stands at 44 million around the globe and is expected to treble by 2050.
The disease silently attacks the brain for more than a decade before any symptoms emerge. Doctors think drug trials are failing because patients are simply being treated too late to make a difference.
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Thousands of people working across the NHS are doing something different to improve care as part of NHS Change Day.
Last year, 189,000 people took part by making a pledge online - and this year the aim is to get 500,000 pledges.
Dr Damian Rolandfounder of NHS Change Day
Pledges include a GP spending a day in a wheelchair to better understand disabled patients and a manager helping dementia patients eat their lunch.
Two doctors came up with the idea for NHS Change Day after attending an NHS leadership course.
The aim of the day is to encourage those working for the NHS - and those who use it - to make the NHS better by pledging to do something different.
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End of Life Partnership Working
Routes Healthcare Blackpool and Routes Training Department are currently working with the “End of Life Lead and Facilitator” from Trinity Hospice in Blackpool, to set up future training for carers and branch staff.
The End of Life Care training will cover all aspect of supporting people towards the end of their life, with dignity and in a manner and place chosen by the individual.
We also have contact details for our other Routes Healthcare Branches with links to people in the Manchester and Bradford areas. This will be discussed with the branch managers prior to being cascaded to all carers.
At Routes we also have a fantastic internet resource with lots of information on supporting individuals with different aspects of spiritual requirements.
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Posted by: Reg Storey on February 27th, 2014 @ 11:20 AM
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“Scientists have isolated a set of 13 gene defects that can be used to identify men who are most at risk of developing life-threatening prostate cancer," The Independent reports.
Arguably the biggest challenge in treating prostate cancer is it’s unpredictably. In many men it is slow growing and causes no or very few symptoms. In other men it can be highly aggressive and quickly spread out of the prostate leading to fatal complications. Around 10,000 men die from prostate cancer each year in the UK.
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Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter should introduce warnings over the drinking game Neknominate, councils in England and Wales have said.
The game, which involves people filming themselves downing alcohol and then nominating someone else to continue, has been linked to several deaths.
The Local Government Association (LGA) called Neknominate a "totally irresponsible craze".
It said social media companies have a responsibility to show health warnings.
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