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What lifestyle changes can cut dementia risk?
It’s estimated that 47 million people worldwide are living with dementia, with that number expected to reach 131 million by 2050. So health officials, worried about the impact on society and families, are trying to find out how many cases are preventable. An international study published in the Lancet journal puts the proportion at just over a third.
The study sets out nine key risk factors, including lack of education, depression, hearing loss, loneliness, smoking and physical inactivity. It also examines the benefits of building a “cognitive reserve”, strengthening the brain’s networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage.
“Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families,” says the report’s lead author, Prof Gill Livingston, from University College London, “and, in doing so, will transform the future of society.”
Grenfell fire: Council leader heckled
The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council was booed and faced shouts of “resign” and “shame on you”, at a meeting attended by 70 of the 255 people said to have survived the Grenfell Tower fire. Elizabeth Campbell, taking over the role after the resignation of Nicholas Paget-Brown last month, said she was “deeply sorry” for the “grief and trauma” suffered. The council meeting ended early after a female former resident of Grenfell Tower fell to the ground and had to be helped by medics. The council has been accused of being slow to react following the fire, but Ms Campbell promised to acquire 68 new homes for survivors over the next two weeks.
Brexit progress report
Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will give an update later on how talks in Brussels are going. Officials have been discussing citizens’ rights, the Irish border and how much the UK will have to pay to leave the EU. “The Brexit negotiations appear to have been surprisingly leak-proof considering the sheer scale of the operation,” says the BBC’s Europe correspondent Kevin Connolly.
Large rise in reported sexual offences on trains
The BBC has obtained police figures showing that the number of reported sexual offences on trains has more than doubled in five years. The number in England, Scotland and Wales in 2016-17 was 1,448, up from 650 in 2012-13. Det Ch Insp Darren Malpas from the British Transport Police said more victims now had the “confidence” to report incidents and that tackling sexual offences was a “priority”.
Analysis: Should there be comprehensive universities?
By Sean Coughlan, education correspondent
The concept of a non-selective university might seem strange. It seems to go against the grain of the idea that university is the summit of a journey after getting over a series of tough exams. But one vice-chancellor says the higher education system needs to borrow from the comprehensive principle if it is going to make a difference to social equality and address the needs of an economy demanding more highly skilled staff.
What the papers say
There’s much criticism of the BBC, after its annual report revealed the salaries of its highest-paid stars. The Daily Mirror features the headline “Bloated Blokes Club”, after it emerged the seven largest salaries went to white men, while the Daily Telegraph says male stars at the corporation face a “pay cut”. The Daily Mail says a “mutiny” has broken out. Meanwhile, the Guardian reports on the decision to bring forward raising the state pension age to 68.
Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable expected to be named leader, with no other candidates coming forward
Protocol breach Canada’s governor general touches Queen’s arm, blaming “slippy” carpet
Architecture award What’s on the shortlist for the Stirling Prize?
‘In their genes’ Dogs’ friendliness part of their nature, say scientists
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Today It’s the first day of golf’s 146th Open, played at Royal Birkdale, Merseyside. Players tee off from 06:35 BST.
Today Big-name British performers, including Jonny Peacock, Hannah Cockcroft and Richard Whitehead, compete in the World Para Athletics, at London Stadium.
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1974 Thousands of Turkish troops invade northern Cyprus after last-minute talks in the Greek capital, Athens, failed to resolve a dispute over the island’s future.
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