Welcome back to this week’s edition of the news summary blog. This blog outlines the highlights in health news that occurred from 4th to 11th April. News stories this week include: research published that indicates brain injuries can cause an increased risk of dementia; a study of a personalised vaccine for ovarian cancer that improves survival rate and Theresa May has launched a £75 million drive to combat prostate cancer.
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A study analysing 2.8 million people has found that those who have had one or more brain injuries are at a greater risk of developing dementia. The study indicated that they were at a 24% increased risk of developing dementia and the risk was greatest for those who had a brain injury in their 20s. Previous research has linked brain injuries to dementia but the research has shown mixed results. The study highlights the importance of preventing traumatic brain injury, especially in young people.