Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer"s – even if you have lots of friends

Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer's – even if you have lots of friends Dutch researchers found a significant link between feelings of loneliness – rather than having no friends – and the chances of suffering from Alzheimer'sAdds to mounting evidence that feeling lonely is a unique health risk factor | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 11 December 2012 Older people who feel alone are much more at risk of the degenerative brain disease (posed by model) Lonely people are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s in later life, say researchers. Their study revealed a significant link between feelings of solitariness – rather than having no friends – and the risk of having the degenerative brain disease.

Sir Patrick Moore dies at 89: Broadcaster passed away peacefully at home with close friends and his cat Ptolemy

A big party (at his request) as Patrick Moore dies, aged 89: Broadcaster passed away peacefully at home with close friends and his cat Ptolemy Broadcaster 'passed away peacefully' at his home in West SussexMonocle-wearing Sir Patrick died after failing to fight an infectionQueen guitarist Brian May pays tribute to 'dear friend and a kind of father figure to me' | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 In the event of his death, the astronomer was clear about what he wanted. He would not have a funeral, but a party – ‘Quite a show.

Kate Middleton: Seen for the first time, remarkable snapshots of the Duchess of Cambridge as a baby

Sweet baby Kate: Seen for the first time, remarkable snapshots of the Duchess of Cambridge when she was a baby, revealed by one of her mother's oldest friends The photographs show Kate between the ages of six and 12-months-oldThey belong to George Brown, the mother of Kate's first 'pram buddy' George said: 'Catherine was a good baby…

Two men killed by deadly gases take number of victims to be poisoned by faulty cookers to eight

Two men killed by deadly gases take number of victims to be poisoned by faulty cookers to eight Richard Smith, 30, and Kevin Branton, 34, were killed almost instatly as lethal carbon monoxide filled their home in Saltash, Cornwall7,000 of the faulty ovens are still being used in kitchens across country Manufacturers Beko are also linked to fridges which caught fire | UPDATED: 12:27 GMT, 8 December 2012 Two friends died while cooking a pie in a killer oven which is still being used in 7,000 British kitchens, an inquest heard. Housemates Richard Smith, 30, and Kevin Branton, 34, were killed by lethal carbon monoxide within minutes of turning on the grill made by manufacturer Beko, who have previously been criticised for selling fridges freezers which catch fire. Mr Smith's father Brian said the tragedy had left a 'huge gaps in our hearts' and he hoped the pair would be the last victims of faulty equipment.

Kate Middleton pregnant: Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry set for new role as godparents

Her Royal Hotness Pippa and Party Prince Harry set for new role as godparents: Wills and Kate expected to follow tradition by asking chief bridesmaid and best man The pair, who took lead roles at the wedding, are odds on to be named godparentsAlso in the running are William's old friends the van Cutsems and the van StraubenzeesThe Prince is godfather to several children and is expected to 'return the favour' | UPDATED: 17:40 GMT, 4 December 2012 They played a key role when the young couple walked down the aisle. And now Prince Harry and Kate's sister, socialite Pippa Middleton, are favourite to become godparents to their child

More than 500,000 pensioners "will be lonely at Christmas" with just the television for company

More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' with just the television for companyOne in six over-65s barely speaks to family, friends or neighbours once a week according to a new survey by Friends of the ElderlyThe survey reveals the depth of isolation affecting many whose well-being is at greater risk during the winter By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:28 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 3 December 2012 Alone: More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' (file picture) More than half a million older people will be spending Christmas alone this year – with only the TV for company, say campaigners. One in six is in touch with family, friends and neighbours barely once a week, while one in ten is in contact less than once a month

Exiled Mitt Romney so bored after losing presidential bid he offered to change sick friend"s bedpan

From the White House to cleaning bedpans and Thanksgiving at Boston Market: How Mitt Romney is coping with not being president | UPDATED: 23:13 GMT, 2 December 2012 Mitt Romney has retreated into ‘seclusion’ after his failed presidential run and has so little to do he is offering to change bedpans for sick friends to ease his boredom. In a huge step down from the campaign trail, the former Republican candidate for the White House is said to have reached out to a friend going through a liver transplant and offered to care for him. Gone are Romney’s daily briefings with top aides and Secret Service entourage – now he spends his days alone on his iPad as he grapples with crushing disappointment.

Mother condemns council for removing shrine to her murdered daughter after receiving a single complaint describing it as "litter"

Mother condemns council for removing shrine to her murdered daughter after receiving a single complaint describing it as 'litter' | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 29 November 2012 A mother condemned a callous council today which removed a shrine to her murdered daughter, because of one complaint describing it as ‘litter’. Three people, including her boyfriend, were charged with murder after the body of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr was found in her burned out car dumped in a layby. But tributes left at the scene by family and friends were bagged-up by a council cleanup crew after one person complained that it frightened a horse

How a man"s smile can make a woman do his bidding – the new research that will make both sexes laugh

How a man's smile can make a woman do his bidding – the new research that will make both sexes laugh Academics find women are more likely to obey male colleagues if they flash a winning smile | UPDATED: 01:58 GMT, 29 November 2012 It's a scientific study sure to make women laugh and men shake their heads in disbelief.

How to avoid round robin letter rage: Cut down mentions of children, reduce the smugness and add in some bad news

How to avoid round robin letter rage: Cut down mentions of children, reduce the smugness and add in some bad news The Middle Class Handbook website has published guidelines about how to write a round robin letter | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 28 November 2012 Hidden inside a Christmas card, they tend to bring tidings of prodigiously talented children, dazzling pay rises and once-in-a-lifetime holidays. To the writer, the annual round robin letter may seem like a good way of keeping friends and family up-to-date – but to the recipient, it is all too often something that irritates rather than informs.