NHS Demands Action to Reduce Betting-Related Ill Health (BBC News / NHS England / Respublica)

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Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health, has written to the UK’s big gambling companies, demanding assistance on preventive measures to reduce betting-related ill health:

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NHS tells betting firms to stop ‘vicious gambling cycle’. London: BBC Health News, January 16th 2020.

“Over half of adults in England have gambled during the past year and NHS estimates show around 400,000 people have a serious gambling problem in England”.

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NHS tells gambling giants to improve the odds for mental health. [Online]: NHS England, January 16th 2020.

“Last year, the gambling industry in the UK raised £14.5 billion in the UK whilst the Gambling Commission classes more than two million people as ‘at risk’ of addiction”.

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Gambling on credit cards to be banned. London: BBC Health News / BBC Business News, January 14th 2020.

The Role of Loot Boxes in the Video Gaming Industry

The Gambling Commission estimates that 55,000 children could be classed as having a gambling problem. Possibly also of interest, relating to pernicious behavioural influences targetted more specifically at children and young persons:

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Country’s top mental health nurse warns video games pushing young people into ‘under the radar’ gambling. [Online]: NHS England, January 18th 2020.

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Cowen, T. [and] Blond, P. (2018). Online gambling: addicted to addiction. [Online]: Respublica, August 2018.

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Gambling: How much do we spend in the UK? London: BBC Health News, September 21st 2019.

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Research and Innovation Across the NHS and Academia (BBC News / Academy of Medical Sciences)

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The Academy of Medical Sciences has produced a report on the benefits of increasing / improving research and innovation in healthcare. Concerns are raised about the effects of increasing time and work-pressure constraints reducing the availability of “research active” NHS staff, as staff report increasing difficulties in finding the time which may be spent on research. Recommendations are supplied. Section headings comprise:

  • Introduction.
  • Creating a healthcare system that truly values research.
  • Fully integrating research teams across academia and the NHS.
  • Providing dedicated research time for research-active NHS staff.
  • Ensuring undergraduate curricula equip healthcare staff with the skills to engage in research.
  • Incorporating flexibility into postgraduate training.
  • Streamlining research through joint R&D offices.
  • Conclusion.

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Triggle, N. (2020). NHS pressures ‘put medical breakthroughs at risk’. London: BBC Health News, January 8th 2020.

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Enhancing the NHS-academia interface. [Online]: The Academy of Medical Sciences, January 2019.

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Transforming health through innovation: Integrating the NHS and academia. London: The Academy of Medical Sciences, January 2019.

There is also an Executive Summary.

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Transforming health through innovation: Integrating the NHS and academia – case studies. London: The Academy of Medical Sciences, January 2019.

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Future patient care at risk unless health research protected and boosted. [Online]: The Academy of Medical Sciences, January 8th 2019.

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eHealth / Internet-Based Interventions to Support Carers of People With Dementia (Internet Interventions)

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A follow-up study of eHealth interventions designed to support caregivers of people with dementia, previously considered to be promising, found (i) generally (with some exceptions) low levels of implementation readiness and (ii) poor availability regarding the information necessary to assess implementation and effectiveness. Recommendations for future research are included.

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Christie, HL. Martin, JL. [and] Connor, J. [et al] (2019). eHealth interventions to support caregivers of people with dementia may be proven effective, but are they implementation-ready? Internet Interventions. July 24th 2019; Vol.18: 100260.

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Christmas and Dementia: Some Benefits and Coping Strategies (BBC News / NHS England)

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Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, has released his traditional Christmas-time message to families and carers.

Some simple coping strategies are provided. It is noted, on the positive side, that TV repeats and familiar seasonal music can stimulate pleasurable emotional memories in people with dementia at Christmas:

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The TV repeats and old songs that help people with dementia. London: BBC Health News, December 22nd 2019.

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TV repeats and seasonal songs can help people with dementia. [Online]: NHS England, December 22nd 2019.

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Review of Tube Feeding in Advanced Dementia (Journal of Aging Research)

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A narrative literature review has investigated tube feeding in persons with advanced dementia, offering a comprehensive and unbiased attempt to achieve a balanced assessment of the perceived benefits and common disadvantages of such interventons, in broad terms of quality of life, costs and survival rates.

“Tube feeding neither stops dementia disease progression nor prevents imminent death. Each decision for feeding tube placement in individuals with advanced dementia should be made on a case-by-case basis and involve a multidisciplinary team… ”.

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Ijaopo, EO. [and] Ijaopo, R. (2019). Tube feeding in individuals with advanced dementia: a review of its burdens and perceived benefits. Journal of Aging Research. December 19th 2019. [Epub ahead of print].

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Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease: Management and Prevention? (BMJ)

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A review investigates pharmacological treatments for cognitive symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease at different phases in progression of the disease, in the context of the paucity of effective disease-modifying interventions. Discrepancies between different national and international guidelines, regarding the prescription of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, are noted and addressed. Certain non-pharmacological treatments are also considered briefly.

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Joe, E. [and] Ringman, JM. (2019). Cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: clinical management and prevention. BMJ. December 6th 2019; 367: l6217.

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Walsh, S. King, E. [and] Brayne, C. (2019). France removes state funding for dementia drugs. BMJ. December 30th 2019; Vol.367: l6930.

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Dementia-Supportive Soundscapes: Concept Review (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

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A narrative literature review examines the potential of soundscape design to create more supportive sonic environments for persons living with dementia in nursing homes. The aim is to reduce BPSD and improve mental wellbeing.

“It is expected that an appropriate application of these ideas to the design of the living environment of nursing homes for people with dementia could reduce the use of pharmaceuticals and improve the working conditions for the staff in addition to improving the well-being of the residents”.

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Devos, P. Aletta, F. [and] Thomas, P. [et al] (2019). Designing supportive soundscapes for nursing home residents with dementia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019 Dec 4; Vol.16(24), E4904.

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