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We need to know more about dementia – what are the risk factors and how do we treat it?

June 13th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have done several blog postings about a health study on dementia to which I have been invited to contribute. This is a large-scale, longitudinal study based at the Imperial Research Hub at Charing Cross Hospital in London and it is looking particularly at whether the level of beta-amyloid in the brain is a risk factor. […]

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The continuing tragedy of Syria’s civil war

May 8th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I spent two hours this Bank Holiday weekend watching a double programme about the civil war in Syria. It was broadcast by the BBC and presented by its Canadian-born chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet. You can check it out here. The seven-year Syrian civil war is a conflict which has now lasted longer than the Second […]

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It’s National Siblings Day

April 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Well, at least in most parts of the United States, its is – see here. I’m blessed with a great sister Silvia in Leicester and a great brother Ralph in Manchester and a great half brother Chris near Winchester, so today I’m going to declare publicly how much they mean to me. Siblings are very […]

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Another visit to Prague to see my Czech mates

April 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

One of my best friends, before his premature death, was a Czech doctor from Prague called Pavel who died in a London hospital 24 years ago. You can read my obituary for him here. I have kept in touch with his wife and three children and seen them regularly in Prague and sometimes in London. […]

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While I remember, let me talk to you about dementia

March 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It’s over six months ago that I did a blog posting explaining that I have been invited to volunteer for a study examining the risk factors for dementia. For various reasons, it was only today that I had my first hospital visit connected with the study. I spent almost four hours at the Imperial Research […]

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The Internet in China

February 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I have just returned from a two-week visit to China – my fourth trip the country. In China, most web sites – including my own and usually the BBC – are usually accessible but over 3,000 sites are blocked including the American tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook – what is often called the Great […]

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Television in China

February 26th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’m just back from a two week trip to China – my fourth visit to this fascinating country..  I stayed in six hotels and visited five family homes, so I saw a fair bit of local television.  I think you can learn a lot about a country by watching its television   All the hotels […]

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China in the New Year (15): more Guangzhou

February 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It has been the last day of my amazing two-week visit to China with my Chinese ‘family’ Hua and son Joshua to celebrate the Chinese New Year and it was our second day in the southern city of Guangzhou. Typically we had a very varied programme. In the morning, we visited a place called Baiyun […]

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China in the New Year (14): Guangzhou

February 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

We have now flown from Xiamen to Guangzhou for the final leg of our two-week trip to China. Guangzhou – which used to be called Canton – is a city the size of London, with a population of 7.4 million, located opposite Hong Kong. I spent a little time in Guangzhou on my first visit […]

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China in the New Year (13): the tulou

February 22nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

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