The use of wide-scale mental agility testing to identify people at risk of dementia: crucial or harmful?

The prevalence of dementia in the UK is rising rapidly and is predicted to double over the next 30 years. The NHS in England has been told to push for a rapid rise in dementia diagnosis rates, so that by 2015, two out of three cases are identified. The Prime Minister has raised the ‘dementia challenge’ as a priority for the NHS. While there is agreement on the need for action, debate arises over the nature of that intervention.

Ischaemic stroke – prevention is better than cure

This review is based on a presentation by Professor Hankey at the RCPE Neurology Symposium on 27 November 2009.

Keywords Evidence, health policy, ischaemic stroke, prevention, randomised trials, treatment

Declaration of Interests Professor Hankey has received honoraria for speaking at scientific symposia sponsored by Sanofi Aventis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer. He has also consulted on advisory boards.