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All you need to know about smoking and dementia

Katie Puckering

The World Health Organisation estimates that 14% of cases of dementia worldwide could be caused by smoking. While the number of adult smokers in the UK has dropped significantly in recent years, around 7.2 million people in the UK still smoke. Most people know that smoking leads to poor health and a substantially increased risk […]

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Why is a lumbar puncture used in dementia?

Dr Catherine Mummery

Sometimes doctors take samples of spinal fluid using a lumbar puncture, to help make a diagnosis of a form of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease. Here, Dr Cath Mummery aims to answer your questions about lumbar punctures, what the procedure involves and why it is used. What is cerebrospinal fluid? Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear, […]

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