A new drug is making headlines around the world for being the first ever to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. After an 18-month trial of 1,800 patients, Lecanemab slowed patients' mental decline by 27% . Although scientists are hailing a "new era" in treatment, strains on the NHS and the scale and complexity of the disease mean it could be a long time before patients and their families can really get the benefits in the UK. What is Alzheimer's - and how is it different to dementia? Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is the umbrella term for a group of conditions that cause the brain to decline and result in memory loss, confusion and difficulties carrying out daily tasks. Other types of dementia include vascular, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal. Alzheimer's causes proteins to build up in the brain and form abnormal structures sometimes called 'plaques' or 'tangles', which kill off nerve … [Read more...] about What is Alzheimer’s disease, how common is it – and will new drug Lecanemab help patients in the UK?
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For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Ofgem has ordered energy supplier Delta to pay £57,000 immediately after it failed to meet its renewables obligations and provide information for the regulator’s Supplier of Last Resort scheme. Delta, which serves 1,690 business customers in the UK, failed to meet the standards set for them as a supplier, the regulator said. Ofgem has issued two ‘Provisional Orders’ after Delta failed to pay into the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme, a programme which supports investment in and uptake of renewable electricity generation and failed to provide information requested by the regulator for its Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) scheme. The SoLR scheme ensures continuity of supply to a customer should their existing firm leave the market. Recommended Scotland cannot hold indyref2, Supreme Court rules … [Read more...] about Ofgem orders energy firm Delta to pay £57,000 immediately following failures
China announced Thursday that it would donate $30 million to the World Health Organization to "show support" to the United Nations' health agency. "China and its people will show support and confidence to WHO by this donation," Geng Shuang, the deputy director for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the press, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review , a Japanese newspaper. Chinese contributions to the WHO now total $50 million for the past month. Geng also commended the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for "playing an important role in encouraging international cooperation to prevent the spread of the virus." The gesture comes after President Donald Trump announced he would pull funding from WHO April 14, citing that his administration is investigating the actions taken by the agency early on in the pandemic. "Today I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the … [Read more...] about China Donates $30 Million to World Health Organization in Show of ‘Support’
Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now . Dinner With Schmucks On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel reported that “several prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from” Donald Trump’s “dinner with schmucks,” including former Vice President Mike Pence. “Even Mike Pence took some time during the world’s saddest book tour to weigh in on that ill-advised meal with the K-K-Ye,” Kimmel said, referring to Pence’s Monday night interview with NewsNation’s Leland Vittert. (Pence said that he believed Donald Trump should apologize for having dinner with a white nationalist, but that he doesn’t believe Trump is an antisemite or a racist.) “No, he’s not a racist — he just eats with them.” — JIMMY KIMMEL “I love Mike Pence telling Donald Trump to apologize. Donald Trump hasn’t even apologized for trying to kill you, you think he’s … [Read more...] about Jimmy Kimmel: Trump’s ‘Not a Racist — He Just Eats With Them’
Hours after its chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn , was arrested in connection with the alleged sexual attack of a maid at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, the International Monetary Fund on Sunday named John Lipsky as acting managing director. Mr. Lipsky, the I.M.F.’s first deputy managing director, is a former U.S. Treasury executive and onetime banker at JP Morgan. William Murray, an I.M.F. spokesman, said that Mr. Lipsky, who has been overseeing the logistics of the bailout of the Greek economy, would meet with members of the I.M.F. board in Washington later in the day, according to Reuters. “In line with standard I.M.F. procedures, John Lipsky, first deputy managing director, is acting managing director while the M.D. is not in D.C.,” Mr. Murray said in a statement. “Mr. Lipsky will chair the informal Board session today.” Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was awaiting arraignment on Sunday evening in Manhattan. The New York Police Department formally arrested him at 2:15 that morning “on … [Read more...] about I.M.F. Names New Leader