Neck Scan for High Intensity Pulse to Predict Risk of Cognitive Decline / Dementia? (BBC News)

Summary

Ultrasound scans of blood vessels in the neck may help to predict certain types of dementia and cognitive impairment:

Persons with:

“ …the highest intensity pulse (the top quarter of participants) at the beginning of the study were about 50% more likely to show accelerated cognitive decline over the next decade compared with the rest of the participants”.

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Therrien, A. (2018). Dementia risk: five-minute scan ‘can predict cognitive decline’. London: BBC Health News, November 12th 2018.

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Renewed Policy Emphasis on Social Prescribing and Arts Therapies? (DHSC / Cochrane Database / Dementia)

Summary

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, takes a positive view of social prescribing, including greater use the arts and social activities as means of enhancing health and wellbeing.

“…we will create a National Academy for Social Prescribing to be the champion of, build the research base, and set out the benefits of social prescribing across the board, from the arts to physical exercise, to nutritional advice and community classes”.

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The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health: Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks to the King’s Fund about the benefits of social prescribing. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care, November 6th 2018.

Limited Evidence on Art Therapies for People With Dementia

In practice, existing evidence regarding the efficacy of arts-based therapies for helping persons living with dementia remains far from clear or settled. More research is required.

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Deshmukh, SR. Holmes, J. [and] Cardno, A. (2018). Art therapy for people with dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. September 13th 2018; 9: CD011073. Review.

There is also an Executive Summary.

Arts for Health Activities in Care Homes

Possibly of interest, there is a systematic review on the impact of arts for health activities in care homes. This study is more positive about the benefits, in terms of enhancing quality of life, health and wellbeing; psychological functioning; cognition; social relationships; improving the ability to continue learning throughout life; and fostering residents’ personal creativity:

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Reference

Curtis, A. Gibson, L. [and] O’Brien, M. [et al] (2018). Systematic review of the impact of arts for health activities on health, wellbeing and quality of life of older people living in care homes. Dementia. August 2018; 17(6): 645-669.

Methodological and Phenomenological / Hermeneutic Issues: Alternative Philosophical and Cultural Viewpoints Unlikely to Be Resolved Soon

Attempts to square the circle. Consideration is given to the methodological challenges, and the various hidden assumptions at play, in attempts to evaluate research into the value of arts for persons with dementia:

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Reference

Gray, K. Evans, SC. [and] Griffiths, A. [et al] (2018). Critical reflections on methodological challenge in arts and dementia evaluation and research. Dementia. August 2018; 17(6): 775-784.

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Dementia Training Resource (HEE / Skills for Health / Skills for Care / Leeds Beckett University)

Summary

A new information resource, compiled at Leeds Beckett University, is intended to help with implementation of the Dementia Training Standards Framework; particularly regarding Tier 2 training for people who work regularly and directly with people living with dementia.

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Surr, C. (2018). Managing success in dementia care: a support resource for implementing Tier 2 of the Dementia Training Standards Framework in health and social care settings. London: Health Education England; Leeds Beckett University; Skills for Health and Skills for Care, November 2018.

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Modification of the Physical Environment to Support People With Dementia (Dementia)

Summary

A systematic review investigates the efficacy of physical environment-related strategies for supporting everyday activities in people living with dementia:

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Woodbridge, R. Sullivan, MP. [and] Harding, E. [et al] (2018). Use of the physical environment to support everyday activities for people with dementia: a systematic review. Dementia. July 2018; 17(5): 533-572.

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NHS Focus Back on the Prevention Agenda (BBC News / DHSC / NHS England)

Summary

The right public health measures and better self-care, duly implemented and resourced, might enable people to have five more years of healthy independent life by 2035.

“In the UK, we are spending £97 billion of public money on treating disease and only £8 billion preventing it”. Matt Hancock (DHSC)

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NHS prevention plan aims to boost life expectancy. London: BBC Health News, November 5th 2018.

This relates to:

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Prevention is better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer. London: Department of Health and Social Care, November 5th 2018.

A case studies collection.

Comprehensive (Whole-Population, All Ages) Model of Personalised Care

NHS England’s “Comprehensive Model of Personalised Care” encompasses a whole-population approach to supporting persons of all ages (and their carers) in the self-management of their physical and mental health / wellbeing.

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Reference

Comprehensive model of personalised care. [Online]: NHS England, October 2018.

Relative Under-Investment in Public Health Continues?

Pause for thought / reality check:

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Reference

Pym, H. (2018). Budget 2018: ‘NHS will face cuts as well as gains’. London: BBC Health News, October 30th 2018.

Type 2 Diabetes

Information on the rising prevalence and burden of diabetes:

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Ives, L. (2018). Diabetes prescriptions now cost NHS £1bn, figures show. London: BBC Health News, November 8th 2018.

Social Prescribing

Possibly of interest:

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The power of the arts and social activities to improve the nation’s health: Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock speaks to the King’s Fund about the benefits of social prescribing. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care, November 6th 2018.

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Further Research Supports Speculation of Link Between Gut and Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News / Science Translational Medicine)

Summary

Further evidence implying that the gut may be involved in the development of Parkinson’s Disease has emerged. Toxic (alpha-synuclein) proteins associated with Parkinson’s Disease tend to accumulate in the appendix, and it seems that people who have had their appendix removed face a 20% lower risk of Parkinson’s in later life. It is speculated that the rogue proteins may travel up via the vagus nerve into the brain.

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Gallagher, J. (2018). Parkinson’s disease ‘may’ start in gut. London: BBC Health News, October 31st 2018.

This relates to:

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Killinger, BA. Madaj, Z. [and] Sikora, JW. [et al] (2018). The vermiform appendix impacts the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Science Translational Medicine. October 31st 2018.

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Dementia; Assessment, Management and Support for People Living With Dementia and Their Carers (NICE Bites)

Summary

The latest edition of the NICE Bites newsletter, No.111 (October 2018), provides a convenient summary of the latest NICE guideline on the subject of dementia, which was released in June 2018.

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Dementia Assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers: a summary of prescribing recommendations from NICE Guidance NG97. [Online]: North West Medicines Information Centre; Specialist Pharmacy Service / NICE Bites, October 2018, No.111.

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