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  • Dementia and the importance of a healthy lifestyle

    Experts, including Professor Louise Robinson at Newcastle University, discuss dementia and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This is part of the BBC's Living Life Longer series.

    published on: 26 May 2016

  • Insights into the secret of longevity

    Too often when people reach advanced old age, the focus of attention is on their past lives. On the occasion of the death of the world's oldest person at 116 years of age, Thomas Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology in IHS, suggests that the more interesting questions are about the present and future lives of the oldest old.

    published on: 17 May 2016

  • Living – and thriving – in very old age

    Professor Carol Jagger and Professor Thomas Scharf recently contributed to The Observer's article on "Britons at 90: healthier, wiser, more independent – but it helps if you’re rich”.

    published on: 25 April 2016

  • Dementia incidence for over 65s has fallen drastically in UK men

    Fiona Matthews, Professor of Epidemiology, is quoted in two articles relating to a study led by Newcastle University and the University of Cambridge which revealed that there is an estimated 40,000 fewer cases of dementia than previously predicted.  

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Professor Thomas Scharf discusses what we can learn from people over 90

    Professor Thomas Scharf contributes to BBC Radio 4's You and Yours Programme by emphasising the contributions made by people aged 90 and over to families, communities, and society.

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Loneliness and the increase risk of heart disease and stroke

    Professor Barbara Hanratty talks about a study which shows that loneliness can increase risk of heart disease and strokes.

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • Bad maths skills 'fuelling obesity'

    Three-quarters of adults can’t work out how much sugar they are meant to consume

    published on: 14 April 2016

  • ThinkSAFE Implementation Package launched by AHSN

    ThinkSAFE: Supporting patients and healthcare staff to improve patient safety.  Dr Susan Hrisos, Professor Richard Thomson, Ms Yasmin Khan & Mr Dave Green

    published on: 4 April 2016