Monthly Archives: April 2015

Predictions of Life Expectancy and Life Expectancy Inequalities (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Research from Imperial College London suggests there is a narrowing gap in life expectancy between men and women in England and Wales. It is predicted that, by 2030, men could live to age 85.7 years on average. This prediction … Continue reading

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Aerobic Exercise for Improvement / Preservation of Cognitive Function? (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)

Summary It is widely believed that physical activity supports healthy ageing and helps to prevent cognitive decline, perhaps as a result of improving cardio-respiratory fitness. This systematic review examined the evidence concerning any beneficial influence(s) of aerobic exercise in improving … Continue reading

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A Compendium of Patient Information on Parkinson’s Disease (Patient.co.uk / Parkinson’s UK / USA: Multiple)

Summary Just in time for Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2015 (April 20th -26th 2015), here is a collection of information on Parkinson’s Disease written primarily for patients and the general public. From Patient.co.uk (UK Independent Health Site) Parkinson’s Disease. Leeds: Patient.co.uk … Continue reading

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Genetic / Biological Foundations of Mental Processing Speed Discovered? (BBC News / Molecular Psychiatry)

Summary A large international epidemiological study of data from 30,000 people may have identified underlying genetic variants linked to individual differences in the ability to process information. Genetic differences might explain why some people are quicker thinkers in middle age … Continue reading

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Improving Urgent and Emergency Care (NHS Confederation / Urgent and Emergency Care Forum / Emergency Medicine Journal / RCPCH / RCN / RCGP / REF / Health Economics / RCEM)

Summary Based on experiences during Winter 2014/2015, the NHS will encounter a winter crisis in 2015/16. NHS organisations need to plan and act on solutions to help prevent this problem. This NHS Confederation report assembles guidance and recommendations, with examples … Continue reading

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Physical Exercise Versus Diet: Clarification of Public Health Messages (Myths?) on Obesity (BBC News / British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Summary An editorial written by experts in the British Journal of Sports Medicine asserts that although physical activity almost certainly does have a role to play in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia, it has … Continue reading

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Lancet Seminar on Parkinson’s Disease (Lancet / Advances in Integrative Medicine / Translational Proteomics / Parkinson’s UK / BBC News)

Summary Coinciding with Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2015 (April 20th – 26th 2015), the following Lancet review / seminar covers the clinical features, risk factors, pathology, genetics, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Full Text Link (Note: This article requires … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be a treatment option for recurrent clinical depression, as a possible alternative to maintenance antidepressant treatment. The Prevention of Depressive Relapse or Recurrence (PREVENT) Trial tested whether MBCT with support to taper or discontinue … Continue reading

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Improving Approaches to Public Involvement in Research (NIHR)

Summary This National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) report on encouraging public involvement in research recommends a strategic approach to engaging the public in goal-setting for research and research design. It is based on the “Breaking Boundaries” Strategic Review of … Continue reading

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Cognitive Assessment: Differentiating the Three Ds “Dementia, Delirium and Depression” (Nursing Times / University of Stirling DSDC)

Summary Nursing Times Learning has produced a new learning unit to assist in the differential diagnosis between dementia, delirium and depression in older people. The aim is to offer training / continuing professional development which helps ensure patients receive the … Continue reading

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