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Study looks into effectiveness of flu vaccine

For many people, the flu is an annual annoyance that will keep them out of work for a few days, but for others, the effects can be much more troublesome. This is especially true for the over-65s, who are at a greater risk of complications from the common virus.

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Short lapses in memory may not predict Alzheimer's

Seemingly everyone has had one of those moments where they can't quit remember a name, place or location although it is on the tip of their tongue. While some older adults may be worried these momentary lapses in memory could foretell impending cognitive decline, a new study suggests that such instances should not be cause for concern.

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Cholesterol medication could help prevent Alzheimer's disease

One specific type of statin, known as atorvastatin, has proven particularly effective in managing cholesterol. However, according to new research, atorvastatin could also be used as a potential treatment for dementia.

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Dementia education to be introduced in schools

To combat social stigma about dementia and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease amongst young children, primary and secondary schools will introduce educational initiatives focusing on the condition.

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Preparing for flu season

Although some people may believe otherwise, influenza is much more serious than just a bad cold.

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Report reveals extent of osteoporosis across the UK

Although osteoporosis is a common problem amongst elderly people, new data from the National Osteoporosis Society reveals that this condition results in a bone fracture every two minutes.

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Falls prior to surgery may hinder recovery

Whether they occur at home or in retirement villages, falls can have a substantial impact on the health of adults 65 and older. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, approximately one-third of older people have experienced a fall in the last year. Not only can they result in serious injury, but falls can also have a significant psychological impact. Now, new research from the University of Colorado Medical Center in the United States finds that falls in the six months before their surgery could predict whether patients have a successful recovery.

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Number of centenarians increasing across the UK

Advances in medical science have prolonged the average person's lifespan like never before. However, some people may not be aware just how much longer people are living.

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