Behind the headlines
In his documentary programme Dementia, Football and Me, former footballer Alan Shearer investigates a potential link between playing football and the risk of a form of dementia related to head injuries. His documentary follows a small study we reported on earlier this year which pointed to the need for more research into an issue that other sports are already having to grapple with.
You may have seen stories in the media that a nutritional drink can slow down Alzheimer’s disease by reducing brain shrinkage and improving memory, but what is this drink and what is the science behind these claims?
We examine the evidence for Coconut Oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, and look at the science behind the anecdotal claims.
While there are no treatments that can stop the spread of a disease like Alzheimer’s through the brain, there are at least some drugs that can help with the symptoms.
Along with Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, we ran an innovative pilot project which saw, for the first time, dementia risk reduction messages delivered to 40-64-year-olds during their NHS Health Check.