Milan: An Italian humanitarian group barred from docking in Lampedusa said Friday that it is refusing to bring 54 migrants rescued at sea to Malta because of the distance and psychological conditions of those on board one of its ships. Mediterranea Saving Humans tweeted that its ship was off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, and that it has been banned from entering Italian jurisdiction by ministerial decree. The migrants were rescued from a rubber dinghy Thursday off Libya. The NGO said the decree is illegitimate because it can’t be applied to a ship carrying people rescued at sea, and because Italy can’t ban an Italian-flagged ship from entering its waters. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Malta says it will take the migrants in a deal with Italy to take an equal number already in Malta. The deal, announced by Malta late Thursday, appears aimed at avoiding what would be the 21st stand-off since Italy’s populist government has begun refusing any port access to humanitarian groups rescuing migrants at sea. Italy has insisted that the Libyan coast guard intervene and the migrants be brought back to Libya, which NGOs say is against maritime law since Libya is not a safe harbor, as emphasized by the bombing of a migrant center this week that killed dozens. Italy argues that the presence of the ships encourages smugglers and that Italy has been unfairly stuck with the burden of managing arrivals from northern Africa for the rest of Europe.
It means they will be missing a crucial early window to receive treatments that can keep peoples’ brains functioning normally for longer.Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine recruited 254 people with Alzheimer’s disease, 672 people with mild cognitive impairment and 390 people with no thinking or memory problems.Each participant was read 15 words and then asked to read the list back straight away, and then again 30 minutes later.Women scored better than men when they had either no, mild or moderate problems with brain metabolism, which occurs with people with Alzheimer’s, although once the participants had more advanced metabolism problems there was no difference between genders.Erin Sundermann, who led the research, said: “If these results are confirmed, adjusting memory tests to account for the differences between men and women may help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in women earlier.”She warned, however, that most of the people involved in the study had all been white and well-educated, meaning the results may not necessarily apply to overall populations. Adjusting memory tests to account for the differences between men and women may help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in women earlierDr Erin Sundermann Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Women’s superior ability to remember words masks symptoms of early Alzheimer’s and prevents them receiving timely diagnoses, new research suggests.A study found that females in the first stage of the progressive disease, known as mild cognitive impairment, had better verbal memory than men at an equivalent stage.Because word memory tests are one of the principal methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s, the findings indicate that for many women their condition will go undetected.