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Report: Smoking, obesity and early-life education may affect dementia

A new report has made the case for raising awareness about the way lifestyle choices can affect your risk of dementia later in life.

It points out "there is no evidence strong enough at this time to claim that lifestyle changes will prevent dementia on an individual basis". However, evidence suggests the following could result in a lower risk:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Improved detection and treatment of diabetes and hypertension
  • Increased physical activity and reduction in levels of obesity
  • Education in early life

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Strong evidence linking healthy lifestyle to low dementia risk

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at charity Alzheimer's Research UK, has welcomed today's report, saying:

Although there is currently no certain way to prevent dementia, this report underlines strong evidence suggesting we can lower our risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

A large body of research has linked high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes to an increased risk of dementia, and this analysis serves as another reminder that good heart health is an important route to good brain health.

Studies have also suggested that education in early life may help build a level of 'cognitive reserve', helping the brain to withstand the damage from diseases like Alzheimer's for longer in later life.

– Dr Eric Karran, Alzheimer's Research UK

Health experts call for campaign to highlight how lifestyle affects dementia risk

Health experts are calling for a major campaign to educate people about how their lifestyle choices can affect their chances of developing dementia in old age.

Factors such as smoking and early-life education can affect your risk of developing dementia, the report finds Credit: PA

Factors such as early-life education, blood pressure and smoking can all play a role, according to a report commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International.

The report argues for a campaign with a central message that "it's never too late" to make lifestyle changes, and that brain health should be factored into other public health campaigns.

Alzheimer's Disease International said that a major survey of 8,500 people from six countries showed that many are not sure how to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

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Thai PM appears to question conduct of murdered Britons

Thai Prime Minister and junta chief General Prayuth Chan-Ocha appeared to question the behaviour of two Britons leading up to their murder on the island of Koh Tao.

Apparently referring to Britons David Miller and Hannah Witheridge, he is quoted as telling reporters:

We have to look into the behaviour of the other party too because this kind of incident should not happen to anybody and it has affected our image.

– thai prime minister

General Prayuth reportedly added that Thai authorities must tell “tourists when the safe times are to be outside. We have to help them understand.”

Customer service table 'should be a wake-up call'

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd has said that its latest annual customer service survey should act as a 'wake-up call" for low-ranking firms.

The Big Six energy companies have now hit rock bottom for customer service and, with record high levels of complaints, it is clear just how far they still have to go to put things right for their customers.

Good companies know the value of customer service, so it's disappointing that some of our biggest firms seem to have a lot to learn about keeping their customers happy.

This survey should be a wake-up call for the companies with the lowest customer scores.

– Richard Lloyd, which?

Report: Six men questioned over Thailand murders, released without charge

Thai police investigating the deaths of Britons David Miller and Hannah Witheridge have released six Burmese nationals without charge after questioning, according to the Bangkok Post.

The newspaper reports that the six men were colleagues but appear not to have been together on the night of the murders. Three of them were reportedly seen drinking near the crime scene.

An unnamed police source is cited as saying that one of the Burmese nationals looked similar to the "prime suspect" seen running in CCTV footage.

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