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Can we ever believe the media

This week we heard that the media had overstated the benefits of the Mediterranean diet
We have also heard many times that certain foods and alcohol are bad for us one minute, then the next they are good for us.

This is very confusing to me and I guess that I am not alone with this.

They say that aluminium is bad for us, but here again is this just more media speculation we have no evidence to explain it.

No one knows what causes this illness, yet we see daily headlines about this or that being the cause of dementia, or this is a miracle cure etc, but just how much of this is headline grabbing, more about selling newspapers than true facts.

Many people take the media as being correct, but I have learnt that the British media will use and tactic to get their papers sold whether it's true or not.

We also have a Prime minister and government who claim to be dementia friends, yet they will not stand up to the press and stop these lies being printed, so are they frightened of clamping…

Media overstates dementia benefits of Mediterranean diet

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The Mediterranean diet is tasty and healthy
“New diet to fight dementia,” claims the Sunday Express, while The Independent reports: “Mediterranean diet could help beat dementia”.
Despite the media focus on the Mediterranean diet, this was only a small part of a review which aimed to discover whether some modifiable risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) were linked to the risk of developing dementia in people with existing mild cognitive problems.
The review found collated relevant studies, covering a wide variety of potential risk factors, finding the most evidence around diabetes, high blood pressure and mental health.
Researchers found that the evidence suggested diabetes increased the risk of “conversion” from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. However, this increased risk was not adjusted for other potential confounding factors such as physical activity or smoking – which could influence the results.
The researchers found a single study assessing th…

Dementia research matchmaker scheme

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A scheme to match dementia researchers with members of the public who are willing to take part in studies has been launched.
The online and phone service in England, Scotland and Wales helps people find the projects that most suit them.

It is funded by the Department of Health and NHS England.

Experts say a lack of access to volunteers has hampered critical research into the illness.

“Start Quote We need lots of people signing up in order to find the right people for the right study at the right time” End QuoteSue BoexCarer
Dementia affects more than 850,000 people across the UK.
According to government figures, fewer than 5% of people with the condition currently take part in studies.

Researchers are calling for patients, carers and anyone over 18 who is interested in participating - whether they have been affected by dementia or not - to sign up.

By registering with Join Dementia Research, people give permission for scientists to contact…

Dementia diagnosis within 6 weeks

Today we heard that doctors were being told to speed the dementia diagnosis procedure up from 6 months if your lucky, to 6 weeks. 

The National Health Service is already overloaded, and we live in a time where you cannot see a doctor normally for 3-4 days.
 It also takes time to get an appointment to see a specialist, so how on earth do they think people can be diagnosed with dementia within 6 weeks. 
Hospitals are stretched to the limit and being run by incompetent managers as this government knows only too well, because they are sat on a report by Sir Stuart Rose who was commissioned to look into the state of the Health Service. But Mr Cameron will not admit to the existence of this report, so just how can anyone rely on his honestly.
Family doctors are already overloaded, and putting this extra work on them at this time is total stupidity, because they will be blamed when people are not diagnosed within the 6 weeks 
At the end of this there is no treatment so what is the point of a…

Dementia and sight loss

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Dementia and getting things wrong

People with nuerological illnesses like dementia etc, are at a distinct disadvantage to other people because our brains are in control of us and therefore things happen before we have had a chance to think clearly.

I know that over the last few years I have said things that were not intended, some of which could have been hurtful, and when this  happens it's very distressing for us and for those who care for us.

For some horrible reason something comes into our brain, and then we say it without being able at times to think clearly of what is coming out of our mouths, sometimes it's the wrong words, which put a different slant on what we are trying to get out.

Even a simple task like answering a question can cause an upset in a bad day, if we are not up to it or very tired, and yet in many cases it's the so called professionals,  who take things to heart instead of making allowances , for our mistakes, and trying to help us out of a difficult situation.
 Trying to work som…

Dementia research: Drug firms despair of finding cure and withdraw funding after a catalogue of failures

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and withdraw funding after a catalogue of failures

1 / 1 Recent research forecasts that over one million Britons will suffer from dementia by 2025 Getty Images
Alzheimer's will cause global economic crisis without breakthrough in treatment, experts warn

Drug companies are retreating from the search for a dementia cure after “repeated and costly failures” to develop a breakthrough drug, a major report has warned. Scientific and financial challenges have meant that, between 1998 and 2012, there were 101 unsuccessful attempts to develop drugs for Alzheimer’s disease, with only three drugs gaining approval for treating symptoms of the disease, according to the study.
The report, compiled by the Dementia Forum of the World Innovation Summit for Health (Wish), warned that a “history of failures” has created “funding fatigue” among donors and “Big Pharma”. Major drug companies had halved the number of research programmes into central nervous system disorders, a category which include…