BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39563.573380.47 (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1026

Some people with early Alzheimer’s disease are safe on the roads, but some are definitely not. Compared with controls, drivers with dementia declined more quickly in their driving performance over time. Failure to continue passing driving tests was associated with the severity of dementia, increasing age, and lower education (Neurology 2008;70:1171-8; doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000294469.27156.30).

Eating a bar of chocolate a day is not a typical healthy way to protect your heart, but researchers at the University of East Anglia will be asking postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes to do just that. The flavonoids in cocoa are known to reduce risk factors for heart disease but are usually destroyed when chocolate is made. The chocolate in this study has been specially created by a Belgian chocolatier and contains a higher than usual dose of flavonoids, together with soy, which also contains the compounds. To volunteer or find out more, email flavo@use.ac.uk.

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