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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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In the UK , it’s Dementia Action Week – and I’m a volunteer for a relevant study

May 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Alzheimer’s Society has designated this as Dementia Action Week. There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 (one in 14 people in this age group have dementia), and the likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly with age. However, dementia can affect younger […]

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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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Assessing the risk factors for dementia

October 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Over the years, I’ve taken part in a number of health studies and trials. I like to contribute to the overall health of the nation and it does me no harm to be regularly checked across various health dimensions. I’ve now been invited to participate in a new trial to assess the risk factors associated […]

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A review of the new film “The Leisure Seeker”

April 27th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is not typical Hollywood fare: a movie aimed squarely at the grey demographic and directed by an Italian. The title of this film refers to a 1978 Winnebago recreational vehicle owned by the elderly American couple John and Ella played by Donald Sutherland (now in his 80s) and Helen Mirren (mid 70s), two actors […]

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A review of “The Brain” by David Eagleman

November 16th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Eagleman is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A wonderful presenter, he created and wrote the fascinating six-part television series “The Brain” which was first aired on PBS in the United States in 2015 and subsequently shown (and reshown) on BBC in Britain (which is how I saw it). […]

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The Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) and improving air quality in London

October 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Today Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, introduced the Toxicity Charge (or T-Charge) in central London to tackle emissions from the oldest polluting vehicles. Since I’ve lived in London for 46 years and visit central London several times a week, I welcome this policy. The T-Charge is part of a package of actions intended to […]

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Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas (5)

December 26th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

Yesterday (Christmas Day) was the second of my three shifts as a volunteer with the charity for the homeless Crisis at Christmas. In London, there is no public transport on Christmas Day so, to reach my centre in the middle of town, I had to use my local cab company. This is staffed overwhelmingly by […]

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The importance of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest

June 7th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

I like to attend short courses at further education colleagues in order to continue learning, keep the mind active, and postpone dementia. This weekend, I was at the City Lit college in London to do a one-day course entitled “Making Sense Of The Battle Of Hastings And Its Aftermath”. Our lecturer was the redoubtable Michael […]

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The Danish conquest of England in the 9th-11th centuries

November 16th, 2014 by Roger Darlington

I have signed up for a number of short courses this autumn and next spring in an effort to keep my brain active and dementia at bay. I always learn new things and enjoy sharing some of my learnings on the web. So this weekend I was back at the City Lit in Central London […]

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