Health Matters: Spotlight on dementia

Scientists will shed light on the latest research into dementia at a free event in Sheffield today.Supported by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, the UK's leading dementia research charity, the session will see experts talk about the progress being made in the search for new treatments for dementia.

The talks are suitable for the public and open to all. People will have the chance to hear about the progress scientists are making tackling Alzheimer's disease, as well as some of the more recent discoveries that could lead to the development of new drugs.

Audience members will also be able to put their questions to the experts. Among the speakers will be Prof Paul Ince, of the University of Sheffield's newly-opened Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SItraN). Prof Ince will talk about his research into the causes of dementia.

The session runs from 4pm-7pm in Lecture Theatre 2 at the Sheffield Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield.

Carol concert from the heart

children from Hawksworth Primary School choir will be singing their hearts out for commuters at Leeds railway station this week, to raise money for Yorkshire's own national charity Heart Research UK's annual festive fundraiser, Sing for your Heart.

The children will be performing traditional Christmas carols in Leeds station on Tuesday, December 7, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

All money raised for the charity will go towards funding research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. The Sing for your Heart campaign runs from December 8 to 15 and urges people all over the country to get involved and organise a festive-themed singing event while raising money for the charity.

Barbara Harpham, national director at Heart Research UK says: "It's fantastic that the Hawksworth primary school choir have chosen to raise money for us this year in their annual Christmas concert.

"Without people like them we would be unable to continue with our pioneering work."

Small steps to a healthier nation

The Government is hoping to "nudge" people into leading healthier lifestyles, according to a White Paper on public health published last week. Walking is a great, simple way for people to ease into exercise but how do we begin to nudge a nation of couch potatoes to their feet? This Friday Sheffield's Get Walking Keep Walking team will showcase their successes, demonstrating how a project built on small steps has helped nudge over 86,000 people across the country to better health.