Monthly Archives: October 2014

Broad Overview: the State of Health and Adult Social Care Report (CQC)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC) review of the quality of care provided by hospitals, care homes and GP practices in England, published earlier this month, discloses information about the persistence of unjustifiable variations in quality and safety. Safety, safeguarding and … Continue reading

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Leading Causes of Death in England and Wales (BBC News / ONS)

Summary The latest official statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on deaths registered in England and Wales, in 2013, show that dementia was the leading cause of death for women (12.2% of all female deaths). The leading cause … Continue reading

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Dietary Flavanols (Cocoa Drinks) Improve Cognition in Older Adults? (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Further research has been published indicating that drinking cocoa might help to preserve brain function. A recent small US study indicates that consumption of a specially formulated cocoa-based drink, high in flavanols, makes older people slightly faster (but no … Continue reading

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Protecting and Improving the Nation’s Health (PHE)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) has published a strategic document which defines seven priorities for the next five years. Health professionals, local and national government, the voluntary and community sector and the public are invited to apply the latest evidence concerning … Continue reading

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Dementia Diagnosis and Prediction Using Eye Examinations? (BBC News)

Summary A £1.1m three year study involving researchers from Dundee University and Edinburgh will investigate whether eye tests can aid non-invasive diagnosis by providing an “early warning” of Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions. It is thought that changes in the eye … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Plan for England 2014 (PHE)

Summary The Cold Weather Plan for England 2014 has been updated by Public Health England (PHE). In addition to the main reports / guides, there is a range of supporting quick-reference documentation, including action cards based on the plan for … Continue reading

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