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expert reaction to UK dementia rates

In a new study, published in Nature Communications, researchers compared the actual number of dementia cases in the UK to earlier decades and previous predictions. They report a 20% drop in incidence of dementia between their two samples (1989-1994, 2008-2011) which they attribute mainly to a reduction in men. read more

dementia rates in the UK

As ageing populations increase, fears of a dementia ‘tsunami’ have grown, with some suggesting that dementia will be the main threat to future health and leading the Prime Minister to announce his dementia 2020 challenge. However, recent research has suggested that the number of cases may be more complicated than we initially thought. read more

expert reaction to paper investigating Wolbachia parasite infection of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as a potential tool against arbovirus infection

Mosquitoes help to spread a large number of diseases which a responsible for the sickness and death of millions of people around the world each year, and a variety of efforts are underway to combat this. Publishing in the journal PLOS Pathogens a group of scientists have investigated the effectiveness of infecting Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit dengue and Zika, with bacteria to reduce their capability of carrying disease. read more

expert reaction to ovarian cancer screening trial

A randomised control trial of ovarian cancer screening in post-menopausal women was published in the Lancet. Screening involved annually testing blood for levels of the protein CA125, and was compared with transvaginal ultrasound screening and with no screening. The study reported that blood screening may result in a reduction in deaths from ovarian cancer but it also gave false positives, and that further research is needed to further investigate the size of any reduction in mortality and the cost effectiveness of any proposed screening programme. read more

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