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‘Alzheimer's predictor'

The Story A 30-minute test can predict Alzheimer's 10 years early, the Daily Mail reports.

The Source US research found a half-hour test using an electroencephalograh was almost 95 per cent accurate in identifying people who would decline in mental function. The study of 44 people between the ages of 64 and 79 found theta brainwave activity was excessive in those who would later suffer cognitive decline.

Expert View Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: ‘Although interesting, the technique relies on specialist computer analysis, which

would be very time-consuming in daily practice. This research also needs to be verified in a larger group of people.'

‘£45 wrinkle cure'

The Story A £45 gadget could cure wrinkles and work better than plastic surgery, the Daily Mail says.

The Source University of Sunderland researchers

have developed a gadget called Restorelite, using infrared light. According to trials, the device has a

90 per cent success rate in getting rid of facial wrinkles. Industry standard trials should be completed by December and the gadget could be on the high street next year.

Expert View Dr Michael Lacey, a member of the Primary Care Dermatology Society and a GP and hospital practitioner in dermatology in Chichester, said: ‘Before I could embrace the claims being made for Restorelite I would like evidence in the form of double-blind controlled trials. I would also wonder about the sustained use of infrared from the thermal injury point of view.'

‘Tissue to halt colds'

The Story A special tissue could end the misery of colds by stopping the virus from spreading, the Daily Mail claims.

The Source Tissue manufacturer Kleenex has launched a tissue it claims can kill 99.9 per cent of cold and flu viruses. Its website said the ‘anti-viral tissue' could kill viruses within 15 minutes and was effective against rhinoviruses type 1A and 2, influenza A and B, and respiratory syncytial virus.

Expert View Dr Robert Lambkin, honorary senior lecturer in virology at Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, dismissed Kleenex's claims. ‘I can't see how the tissue will stop the virus from spreading if it's stuck in the bin. [People] then touch doorknobs that colleagues will then touch.

‘People would be much better off washing their hands after sneezing rather than using this tissue. It concerns me that people will get complacent.'

‘Save with alternatives'

The Story NHS complementary therapy could save billions of pounds and should be available much more widely, the Daily Telegraph and Daily Express report.

The Source A report commissioned by the Prince

of Wales concluded that complementary therapies should be more widely available on the NHS. It recommended GPs make more use of osteopathy, acupuncture, homoeopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicines.

Expert View Dr Jim Kennedy, RCGP prescribing spokesman, said it was vital that complementary therapy had a sound evidence base. ‘We are happy

to support therapies with a strong scientific basis, but not those that are scientifically implausible or unsafe

in any way.

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