Monthly Archives: February 2015

Smoking Linked to Brain Shrinkage? (NHS Choices / Molecular Psychiatry)

Summary Comparison of brain scans from more than 500 people, aged 73 and over, found that long-term smokers were more likely to have a thinner cerebral cortex. Full Text Link Reference Long-term smoking ‘may cause’ brain shrinkage. London: NHS Choices; … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis Using Breath Test? (BBC News / Parkinsonism and Related Disorders)

Summary There are early hopes for a simple breath test to assist in the early detection and diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, based on non-invasive biomarkers in the form of exhaled volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Full Text Link Reference Roberts, M. … Continue reading

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Guidance on Use of Covert or Visible Cameras to Monitor Care (BBC News / CQC)

Summary The Care Quality Commission Guidance (CQC) has issued a short document offering guidance to people considering use of hidden cameras to monitor the quality of care in care homes, or hospitals, in England. Full Text Link Reference Triggle, N. … Continue reading

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Watershed Changes in NHS Culture Since February 2013 (Department of Health)

Summary February 6th 2015 marked the second anniversary of publication of Sir Robert Francis’s Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Full Text Link Reference Francis two years on: What’s changed in the NHS? London: Department of Health, February 9th … Continue reading

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Whistleblowing in the NHS: Light at the End of the Tunnel? (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary The review of NHS reporting culture led by Sir Robert Francis QC, which has been working achieve better protection of NHS whistleblowers who raise concerns, will report later today. The “Freedom and Responsibility to Speak Up” review was expected … Continue reading

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Expert Consensus Statements About Dementia (BMC Geriatrics)

Summary This study delved into the underlying consensus among English-speaking dementia experts concerning contemporary knowledge about dementia. Delphi experts have identified 36 statements about dementia deemed to be “essential” to understanding the condition. These statements are primarily about care for … Continue reading

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Care Homes: Improvements Required to Meet CQC Standards and Dementia Recognition / Diagnosis Goals (BBC News / BBC 5 Live / NHS England)

Summary An online examination of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection records from almost 10,000 care homes, performed by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates and LaingBuisson (healthcare analysts), suggests that around 20% of care homes for older people in England failed … Continue reading

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NHS Reform Under the Coalition Government (King’s Fund / BBC News)

Summary Chris Ham, Chief Executive of the King’s Fund, has released an authoritative and thorough review of major reform and re-organisation within the NHS during the first three years of the coalition government. “He was agin’ it”. Mark Twain. Full … Continue reading

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