Newspaper headlines: Brexit 'red line' and 'Alzheimer's revolution'

The papers are full of analysis of Theresa May's words about Britain's planned EU exit strategy, following her "Brexit brainstorm" with cabinet colleagues at Chequers.

The Daily Telegraph says the prime minister set out her first "red line" for negotiations with the EU as she insisted that the UK having control over immigration from member states after Brexit was not negotiable.

"European leaders have repeatedly insisted that Britain must accept the free movement of EU migrants in exchange for full membership of the single market," the paper reflects.

"However, Mrs May's statement now puts the onus back on European countries over whether they wish to continue trading freely with this country and whether they will accept controls on migration as a price."

'Our way not Norway'

Mrs May began the cabinet session - the first since the summer break - by stressing there would be "no attempts to stay in the EU by the back door", the Guardian says.

The message was also that the UK is seeking a unique model for its future relationship with the EU and not an "off-the-shelf solution", it adds.

Picking up on the same comments, the Telegraph concludes they "effectively rule out taking a similar approach to Norway, which retains access to the single market in exchange for accepting the free movement of EU migrants".

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Image caption Ministers urged Britain to recapture its energy of Victorian times, the Times says

The Times reports that cabinet ministers argued that "Britain will need to rediscover its Victorian buccaneering spirit and trade its way to success outside the European Union".

It adds: "Ministers lined up to call for the country to recapture the energy that drove Britain to dominate world markets during much of the 19th Century."

The Daily Express headlines its coverage of the meeting "Message from the prime minister: EU exit will be great success".

'No backsliding'

It says Mrs May declared the UK would have a bright new future as "one of the great trading nations of the world".

But, in an opinion piece, the paper adds that Mrs May must overcome the politicians and peers surrounding her who are "still desperate for us to stay in the EU".

"Mrs May has to stick to her guns and deliver on her promises," the Express writes. "When it comes to Brexit, the reality must match the rhetoric. There can be no backsliding."

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Image caption The cabinet met at the PM's country retreat, Chequers

The Financial Times offers another angle on the Brexit story as it leads on "secret trials" by the Home Office of an online system aimed at speeding up applications for permanent residence in the UK.

Applications from EU citizens seeking to secure their UK immigration status are expected to soar in the run-up to Brexit, the paper says.

"The Home Office currently processes just over 25,000 permanent residence applications each year from European citizens," the paper reports. "Migration experts have predicted that the department could now receive 140 years' worth of requests in as little as 12 months."

The online application process will replace a paper-based system involving printing out an 85-page form and sending it to the Home Office by special delivery, the FT says.


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Alzheimer's drug excitement

The language of the front page headlines suggests much excitement around a possible new treatment in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

The Daily Mail sees it as an "Alzheimer's revolution", while the Times declares it a "huge leap forward for sufferers".

The Mail says the "revolutionary drug" - aducanumab - will be trialled in Britain, with hospitals and clinics in London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee looking for patients to take part.

"Scientists say the breakthrough treatment has the potential to transform the fight against memory-robbing Alzheimer's," the paper says.

According to the Times, "scientists hailed the breakthrough as the best news in dementia research for a quarter of a century and others said that it could be a 'game changer'".

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The Daily Telegraph also picks up on the story, reporting: "The first drug to combat Alzheimer's disease is on the horizon after scientists proved they can halt mental decline by clearing the sticky plaques from the brain that cause dementia."

It explains that aducanumab is a treatment made up of antibodies, "tiny Y-shaped proteins that latch on to dangerous substances in the body like flags, showing the immune system what to clear away".

The Telegraph says there are 850,000 people living with dementia in Britain, with the number predicted to rise to one million by 2025 and two million by 2050.

But, there's a but...

But, where there is excitement, there is also caution.

The Mail says: "Drugs that have seemed promising when given to small groups can fail spectacularly when tested on large numbers."

It also says the drug can cause a "worrying side-effect" in which fluid accumulates in the brain, raising the risk of strokes. "Challenges ahead include finding a dose that is high enough to work but not so powerful that it does damage."

The i says 165 Americans in the trials received monthly infusions of aducanumab or a placebo, but "a large number dropped out because of the side-effects".

These side-effects were "concerning" and would have to be addressed, the i quotes Alzheimer's Research UK's Dr David Reynolds as saying.

However, the Times also says Dr Reynolds believes the treatment could be available on the NHS in five years "if the findings were confirmed on a bigger scale and the benefits outweighed the side-effects".


Something to chew over

Having digested that largely positive health news, we move on to another front page story that you may find a little less palatable.

The Daily Mirror leads on a warning from experts that eating dinner late in the evening puts people at a greater risk of having a heart attack.

According to the paper, a Turkish university study suggests "eating less than two hours before bed puts the body on 'high alert', pumping out stress hormones such as adrenaline and disrupting your body clock".

The paper adds: "It means blood pressure levels are less likely to fall overnight as they should, the world's biggest heart conference was told."

The study looked at the diet and eating habits of more than 700 people with high blood pressure, one of the key risks for heart disease. Eating late was found to do more harm than a high-salt diet, the Mirror says.

The Daily Telegraph says cardiologists at the Rome conference suggested a healthy diet would be a good breakfast and lunch, with just a light evening meal, ideally no later than 7pm.

"The study found that those who eat dinner late are almost twice as likely to suffer from 'non-dipper hypertension' when blood pressure fails to drop properly overnight," the paper says.


What the commentators say

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Media captionLaura Hughes, political correspondent at the Daily Telegraph, and Hugh Muir, columnist at the Guardian, discuss Thursday's front pages with the BBC News Channel.