Monthly Archives: March 2014

Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Spinal Fluid? (NHS Choices / Cell Reports)

Summary A recent diagnostic study has investigated the possibility of diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease, years before disease onset, using cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The technique for identifying people with Alzheimer’s Disease would be based on detecting very small amounts of abnormal (misfolded) … Continue reading

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Metal Protein Attenuating Compounds for Alzheimer’s Disease (Cochrane Database)

Summary This systematic review evaluates the efficacy of metal protein attenuating compounds (MPACs) for the treatment of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s dementia. Earlier experimentation and mouse model studies had indicated that MPACs might promote the dissolution and clearance of beta-amyloid … Continue reading

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Department of Health Met US Congressional Delegation About Dementia Challenge (Department of Health / Dementia Challenge)

Summary A Congressional Delegation from the United States visited the Department of Health on March 17th 2014, focusing on dementia. The aim was to develop further ways in which US and UK policymakers and healthcare leaders might work together on meeting the challenges of dementia and … Continue reading

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Little Evidence of Saturated Fats Increasing Risks of Coronary Disease; or of Presumed Cardioprotective Effect of Polyunsaturated Fats (BBC News / NHS Choices / Annals of Internal Medicine)

Summary A recent systematic review of data from 72 studies, involving more than 600,000 participants, indicates that – contrary to earlier official guidance – there is little evidence that changing the type of fat consumed from “bad” saturated fat to “healthier” … Continue reading

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Chief Medical Officer Appoints Professor Rossor as NIHR National Director for Dementia Research (UCL / NIHR)

Summary Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, has appointed Professor Martin Rossor of the UCL Institute of Neurology as the new NIHR National Director for Dementia Research. The plan is to facilitate and support the Department of Health’s research commitments … Continue reading

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Massive Opportunity Cost of Fraud and Errors in the NHS? (BBC News / Panorama / Portsmouth University)

Summary Fraud may be costing the NHS £5bn a year. Errors may be costing a further £2bn per year, according to the former head of the NHS anti-fraud section. These losses (to fraud alone) might be used to fund 250,000 … Continue reading

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