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How our sense of taste changes as we age

Anita Setarehnejad and Ruth Fairchild explore how our appreciation of taste changes as we enter later life.

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'Small' increase in risk of Alzheimer's disease with HRT use, study suggests

"Millions of women who take HRT pills may face a greater risk of Alzheimer's," warns the Mail Online. NHS Choices' news analysis service looks at the science behind the claims.

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Older people with depression 'less likely to be referred for psychological therapy'

"The elderly are being fobbed off with pills for mental health problems instead of receiving therapy," claims the Mail Online, while The Daily Telegraph reports that "NHS ageism is blocking older people's access to talking therapies".

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Gum disease linked to Alzheimer's, study claims

"Gum disease bug could play 'central role' in development of Alzheimer's," The Independent reported. Here, Behind the Headlines news analysis service examines the science behind the story.

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Are you experiencing a post-Christmas cholesterol level 'spike'?

"Christmas and New Year are bad for your cholesterol: Levels are 20% higher after the festive period," reports the Mail Online.

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The Alzheimer’s enigma

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Michael Regnier asks: can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

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Older people 'would benefit' from weight training and more protein

"GPs should prescribe protein powders and weight lifting to pensioners to help reverse frailty," The Daily Telegraph reports.

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s – from the diagnosis to behavioural changes

Mary Jordan explains the first steps that should be taken after receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Vegan diet 'helps people better manage type 2 diabetes'

Going vegan "can 'significantly improve' mental health, reduce diabetes and lower weight," reported the Daily Mirror. Behind the Headlines news analysis service examines the science supporting the claims.

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Concerns raised about older adults mixing prescription drugs and herbal remedies

"One million over-65s could be suffering dangerous side effects from mixing 'hazardous' combinations of drugs and herbal remedies, study warns," reports the Mail Online.

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No proof that 'daily bursts of exercise' can prevent dementia

NHS Choices' Behind the Headlines news analysis service examines the science behind recent media claims that exercise can prevent dementia.

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How to think yourself super fit and healthy

Wellness brand Healthspan recently conducted a survey of 2000 Brits to find out our most annoying habits - stress and comfort eating were right up there but what else made the top 5.

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Healthy older people do not benefit from taking aspirin

"Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found," The Guardian reports.

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Study confirms that keeping the heart healthy also reduces dementia risk

"Adopting 4 healthy lifestyle habits might cut your chances of developing dementia, new research suggests," the Sun reports.

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People who frequently feel dizzy on standing 'at future risk of dementia'

"Middle-aged people who feel dizzy when standing up from a lying-down position may be at a higher risk of dementia or a stroke in the future," reports BBC News, after researchers followed a large group of people in the US for up to 25 years.

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Is sleep apnoea a risk factor for dementia?

"Sleep apnoea may contribute to dementia by starving the brain of oxygen at night, suggests study," is the headline from The Independent.

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Probiotics 'may help strengthen bones' in older adults

"Elderly people should take probiotics to preserve their bones," claims the Mail Online, referring to a Swedish trial that gave supplements to a small group of women.

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Is cannabis use rising in middle-aged people?

"Cannabis addiction rising among women and over 40s," trumpets BBC News. Behind the Headlines examines the science backing up the claims.

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Breast cancer test 'reduces need for chemotherapy'

"Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy," reports BBC News. Behind the Headlines examines the science behind the claims.

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Link between HPV infection and prostate cancer not established

As the Mail Online shouts "Lifesaving jab denied to millions of boys in Britain could slash the risk of prostate cancer," Behind the Headlines examines the science behind the sensationalism.

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Claims Ibuprofen will 'wipe out' Alzheimer's are misleading

"Painkiller ibuprofen could 'wipe out dementia'," is the deceptive headline from the Sun. Behind the Headlines looks at the science rather than sensationalist lies.

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Shining a spotlight on loneliness in the UK

Loneliness is often linked to social isolation, but people don’t necessarily need to be alone to feel lonely, writes Tracey Crouch.

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Could age-related muscle weakening be prevented?

Behind the Headlines examines the science behind claims that muscle wastage in older people can be prevented by staying physically active.

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Routine blood test for prostate cancer 'doesn't save lives'

"Screening for prostate cancer does not save lives, and may do more harm than good," reports the Daily Telegraph.

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'It's good to talk,' dementia study finds

NHS Choices' Behind the Headlines news analysis services examines the science behind recent claims that conversation and tailored activities can benefit dementia patients.

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Retirement linked to a decline in memory

Does memory and brain function decline with retirement? NHS Choices' Behind the Headlines news analysis service examines the science behind the story.

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Diabetes drug may help with memory loss in dementia

"Diabetes drug significantly reverses memory loss in Alzheimer's patients," The Sun reports. NHS Choices Behind the Headlines looks at the science behind the story.

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Denture wearers may have a risk of poor nutrition – but no link to frailty

Do people who wear dentures experience malnutrition and weak joints and frailty. Behind the Headlines looks at the facts behind this recent story.

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Still no evidence brain training protects us against dementia

It is good for all of us to keep our minds and bodies active as we age. However, evidence fails to say whether brain training will protect us from dementia, says NHS Choices.

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Could vitamin D help prevent rheumatoid arthritis?

Behind the headlines finds a balanced intake of Vitamin D-rich foods could help prevent inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis from developing in the first place.

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