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New centre offers hope for dementia sufferers in the Thames Valley

Dementia has been described by experts as a "ticking time bomb" affecting thousands of people in our region.

But now a new research centre that aims to improve the detection and prevention of the disease has opened at the University of Reading.

The centre will run clinical trials in the hope of finding new treatments, as Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees: Dr Laurie Butler - Head of the University of Reading's School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, Les Eggleton whose wife suffers from Dementia and Dr Paul Loughlin, Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age.

New study centre at Reading University open all day

Students at the University of Reading will be able to study for 24-hours a day thanks to a new study centre.

The Study opened last week, just in time for the new academic year.

It was built as part of a £300,000 refurbishment of the facilities at the university and has space for a hundred students as well as group study areas and a kitchen to allow students to take a break.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell had the honours of opening the new building said, "Students expectations rise every year.

"They have every right to expect academic services that enable them to fit study into their busy lives, day or night."

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University gets £3.5m for heart disease research

Three quarters of people who suffer heart attacks now survive as research and healthcare continues to improve.

But new figures from the British Heart Foundation show although deaths are decreasing - heart failure remains the UK's single biggest killer.

Now, the charity has announced it's providing the University of Reading with state-of-the-art equipment to help progress research, as Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees:

Trish Rump, heart attack victim

Simon Gillespie, British Heart Foundation Chief Executive

Dr Sam Boateng, heart disease researcher

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Keen job hunters attend fair

by Kate Bunkall

It's being described as the biggest blow to retail since the collapse of Woolworths. Tonight hundreds of people from our region who work for the electrical chain Comet are waiting to hear their fate - after the company announced it's the latest high street firm to go into administration.

The news comes on the day that thousands of youngsters attended a jobs fair at Reading University, trying to get a foot in the door with local firms. But as Kate Bunkall reports - there is a lot of competition.

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