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Could a £1 high-tech 'virtual reality' gadget be they key to restoring a dementia patient's joy of life? Patients around the UK are reliving their youth through a virtual-reality box. It incorporates reminiscence therapy using a phone app and cardboard box. The box, which costs around £1, sees a phone with the Wayback app inserted in. This is said to help alleviate the anxiety that often haunts dementia patients. Reducing agitation can lower their need for sedatives that can cause trips and falls. Mail.

Dementia care can be complex, costly and time consuming, so getting an early diagnosis can be important for planning ahead. Here are some early symptoms of the condition that you should watch out for. “A person with dementia may forget things more often or not remember them at all. Disorientation. People beginning to suffer from the condition may begin to become confused about where they are and have “difficulty finding their way to a familiar place. Language Problems. ”Another early sign of dementia, according to the Better Health Channel, is forgetting “simple words or substituting inappropriate words, making sentences difficult to understand.” Poor judgement. We use this skill every day making decisions, weighing up the pros and cons to decide what to do. Difficulty with abstract thinking. This can include problems understanding what they are reading or seeing, and may lead to difficulties running their own house. “Managing finances can be difficult for anyone,” says the Better Health Channel, “but a person with dementia may have trouble knowing what the numbers mean or what to do with them.” The Alzheimer’s Society describes dementia as, “different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe.” “Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.” Express.

People who suffer brain injuries are at increased risk of dementia later in life, a large study suggests. An analysis of 2.8 million people found those who had one or more traumatic brain injuries were 24% more likely to get dementia than those who had not. The risk was greatest in people who had the injuries in their 20's, who were 63% more likely to get the condition at some point in their life. But independent experts said other lifestyle factors were more important. BBC news.

Caring for those affected with dementia can be challenging for families. Using the power of images to unlock memories. 90,000 sporting memorabilia photos, many of which have never been seen by the public before photos have been donated by Reuters. Mike, who has dementia said, the sessions he attends at Lords Cricket ground has helped him with his diagnosis. The events are run by the Sporting Memorabilia Network. BBC News.

Mushrooms can give our brains a boost. Because they are packed with antioxidants which combat cell damage. An exiting new study has showed that it slowed, or even prevent alzheimer's. They are also a great source of vitamin D.+ Honey is antibacterial and anti-viral, and raw honey is a pre-biotic food which is good for the gut. Try and buy unprocessed raw honey with the name of the bee-keeper on it. Children under 12 months should not have honey. Beauty expert. Liz Earle: ITV This Morning.

Alzheimer's gene has been neutralised in human brain cells for the first time, paving the way for a new treatment. Scientists 'turned off' protein associated with the dementia apoE4 gene. Gene damages nerve cells, with one copy doubling a person's Alzheimer's risk. Having two apoE4 copies raises an individual's risk of the disease by 12 times. Researchers warn therapies that are successful in the lab may fail in patients. Alzheimer's disease affects approximately 5.5 million people in the US. Mail.

Testing for high blood pressure can save lives - but experts say that unnecessary tests, such as whole body scans, may just find problems that probably don’t need treatment. So what should you be tested for? Most health checks are designed to look for risk factors or early signs of diseases - the two most common being heart disease or cancer. A quarter of premature deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and an estimated 50-80% of them are preventable. So any checks that could help early detection are surely a good thing. The NHS offers a health check every five years to everyone aged between 40 and 74 to pick up early signs of stroke risk, diabetes, dementia, and heart and kidney disease. Guardian.

Dementia isn't a disease itself, its a load of symptoms that can be caused by all sorts of things, and its difficult  to identify those causes while people are still alive. There is a massive development for stopping dementia from developing in the first place. If we know which genes cause the clumping of proteins that linked the disease, we might be able to find therapy's. - As were living longer, more and more people will live with dementia or care for someone who has it. So how we care for them is something we need to think about, not just at family level but at whole society. Its clear the science is playing catch-up. There's a trace against time to  find drugs that help slow or stop the symptoms. If we know what genes are involved, we can work on catching it early or even preventing people from developing it all together. That involves loads of testing and loads of money. CrowdScience:BBC World Service.

Mario is an assistive robot. He communicates with patients suffering from dementia and can talk to them, play music and provide them with daily news.  Currently under trial in Ireland, the UK and Italy, researchers are testing him at St Brendan's care centre in Loughrea in the west of Ireland. Those behind the project say the technology is almost ready for Mario to become a market reality in five to six years, possibly even sooner. Euronews.

Alzheimer’s: This over-the-counter painkiller could prevent onset of disease. Ibubrofen has the power to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, scientists claim. They say the cheap over-the-counter tablets dampen inflammation in the brain caused by a build up of rogue proteins that trigger memory loss and confusion. In research published today Canadian experts suggest people should start taking a daily dose of anti-inflammatories to help prevent dementia following a positive saliva test. And if started early, just one a day could be enough to slash the chance of being struck down by the incurable condition. Daily Express.

A drug to slow the spread of dementia could be available in three years and a ‘vaccine’ that prevents the disease within a decade, experts say, It is now a matter of ‘when not if’ a cure will be found for the disease, which causes dementia, a panel of leading Alzheimer’s specialists said. Mail.

Scientific studies by the basketful have linked the Mediterranean diet to a reduced heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer and other horrid conditions linked with ageing. + A study by Indian scientists has discovered that just 12 weeks of yoga practice can significantly reduce the speed at which your body cells age. 100 Years Younger In 21 Days: ITV. (Series 2 of 3).

Scientists reverse Alzheimer's in middle-aged mice and claim the drug could be used like a daily vitamin to prevent the disease. The Cleveland Clinic team admit they were 'shocked' by the clear-cut result. They were using the same drug as Merck's phase 3 clinical trial in humans which was called off yesterday due to safety fears. Lead author Riqiang Yan claims he believes it can be safe and it is the answer to treating or preventing Alzheimer's. Mail.

To find a way of diagnosing alzheimer's  disease from a blood test. We know its a disease that starts more than a decade before those first symptoms appear, and its going to be really vital to treat them. This is the most successful blood test so far. Its 90% accurate. It works by looking at the blood and predicting the levels of amyloid beta inside the brains of patients who have alzheimer's disease, mild memory impairments or were completely healthy. Science thinks that getting in early before the damage starts taking place is key.  Health and science correspondent. BBC World Service: Health check.

The daily express front page leads on "eating curry can help beat dementia. Spice ingredient is able to boost memory, say experts. Curcumin, the natural bright yellow chemical which lends curry its colour, has been shown to improve memory and mood in people with mild, age-related memory loss. Sky News: Press Preview.

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