Actor Timothy West told how his wife Prunella Scales has "a sort of mild Alzheimer's" in a new documentary.
The outgoing head of the NHS has come under fire after posting a spoof video mocking a senior colleague and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
A British-based surgeon said he spent £50,000 of his own money to treat acid victims after being moved to tears by their attack stories.
Labour's attempts to block clause 119 of the care bill, which would give ministers greater power to close down hospitals, is "irresponsible scaremongering of the worst kind".
A Conservative Party spokesman said:
– A Conservative Party spokesman
These claims from Andy Burnham are irresponsible scaremongering of the worst kind - changes to the special administrator regime will simply ensure that patients get safe care, and these powers have only ever been used in extremis twice since 2009, when Labour introduced them in the first place.
This Government is determined to turn round failing hospitals, unlike the Opposition, which didn't confront the sort of under performance and failure we tragically saw at Mid Staffs.
Some of the trusts Labour believe would be put "at risk" by clause 119 of the care bill are:
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Barts Health NHS Trust
- Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
- East Cheshire NHS Trust
- Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
- University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
- University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
- Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
- Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Labour has accused the Government of neglecting the NHS' first responsibility to clinical care and instead, having a financial focus when making changes to hospitals.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said:
– Andy Burnham
Jeremy Hunt wants to ride roughshod over local communities and have carte blanche to break up the NHS without anyone else having a say.
With more and more hospitals in financial difficulty, this move could hit every community in the land and leave them voiceless in the face of changes to their services.
Labour is clear: changes to hospitals should be driven by clinical, not financial, reasons with local people involved every step of the way.
That is why we believe these plans are dangerous and wrong. It is time for Parliament to stop an arrogant Secretary of State from overstepping the mark.
Labour is appealing for Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs to help block measures it says will give ministers sweeping powers to close hospitals.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said clause 119 of the Care Bill - due to be debated in the Commons today - would allow Jeremy Hunt to "ride roughshod" over local residents' concerns.
More than half of women drink more than the recommended limits during the first three months of pregnancy, a study has suggested.
Some 53% of women drank more than the upper limit of two units a week during the first trimester, with middle class women are more likely than women from other classes to drink more than the recommended limits during pregnancy, figures show.
The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, examined 1,200 women in Leeds who filled out food frequency questionnaires, including information on alcohol consumption during the month before conception and the three trimesters of pregnancy.
If a woman drank more than two units a week during the first three months of pregnancy they are twice as likely to have a baby who was born "small for gestational age" when compared to non-drinkers, the researchers found.
Dr Doug Brown, the Alzheimer's Society director of research and development, said people "must be given a choice about whether they would want to know, and fully understand the implications" of a test that could predict the onset of the disease.
We asked users of the ITV News Facebook page whether they would want to know in advance if they were likely to develop Alzheimer's.
- Dawn Kinsley: "One of the worst diseases going. So I would want to know, then I can get together my 'care' plan, have some 'careless' good times while I still remember and can enjoy."
- Mechelle Thomson: "Only to prepare my family so they would know what to expect. A little education could go a long way."
- Michael King: "How depressing knowing that you're going to get it in advance and being able to do little about it. I'd rather not know."
Scientists have developed a new blood test that could detect whether a person will develop dementia within three years.
By looking at 10 specific blood molecules, researchers from America's Georgetown University were able to test whether people would go on to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's Disease - with 90% accuracy.
ITV News spoke to Dr Alison Cook from the Alzheimer's Society:
The study monitored 525 healthy over-70s for five years. During the research, 28 participants went on to develop the conditions. 46 were diagnosed at the start of the study.
A blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer's poses ethical challenges, an expert from the Alzheimer's Society has said.
A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that changes in the blood may predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer's.
"Having such a test would be an interesting development, but it also throws up ethical considerations," Dr Doug Brown, the charity's director of research and development, said.
"If this does develop in the future people must be given a choice about whether they would want to know, and fully understand the implications.
Dr Brown said there needed to be larger studies with different populations before it could be turned into a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.
A new app has been launched to help tackle the "shocking and unnecessary levels" of salt hidden inside shoppers' food baskets.
The free SaltSwitch app allows users to scan the barcodes of around 90,000 food products sold across major supermarkets across the UK before healthier alternatives with less salt content are suggested.
Campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health said it wants to highlight "the shocking and unnecessary levels of salt hidden inside our weekly shopping baskets in a bid to help UK consumers reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes".
The Department of Health estimates that reducing salt intakes by just 1g would save 4,147 preventable deaths and £288 million to the NHS every year, the group claim.
A breakthrough in the quest to find a blood test for Alzheimer's will help doctors and patients "manage the disease", one of the researchers has said.
Professor Howard Federoff explained:
– Professor Howard Federoff
Our novel blood test offers the potential to identify people at risk for progressive cognitive decline and can change how patients, their families and treating physicians plan for and manage the disorder.
The preclinical state of the disease offers a window of opportunity for timely disease-modifying intervention.
Biomarkers such as ours that define this asymptomatic period are critical for successful development and application of these therapeutics.
We consider our results a major step toward the commercialisation of a preclinical disease biomarker test.