Monthly Archives: August 2016

Re-Evaluating the Effectiveness of Joint Reminiscence Groups: the REMCARE Trial (PLoS One)

Summary The REMCARE Trial investigated the relative benefits and effectiveness of joint reminiscence groups, i.e. reminiscence therapy interventions involving people with dementia and their family carers together. The researchers did not find evidence supporting the clinical effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of … Continue reading

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Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease and DLB Using CSF Biomarker? (BBC News / Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology)

Summary Research at the University of Edinburgh indicates that test for synuclein, which measures how sticky this protein molecule has become (i.e. alpha-synuclein aggregation), might be the key to diagnosing accurately the early stages of both Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia … Continue reading

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New Drugs for Dementia (POST Note PN 535)

Summary The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has produced a briefing outlining some of the challenges in developing new drugs for dementia, explained in the context of ongoing UK and international research programmes. There is an extensive bibliography, … Continue reading

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NHS Reconfiguration + STPs = Cut-Backs?: Two Sides of Same Equation? (NHS England / King’s Fund / Nuffield Trust / BBC News)

Summary The “Keep calm and carry on”-style narrative from officialdom. Full Text Link Reference NHS England statement on Sustainability and Transformation Plans. [Online]: NHS England, August 26th 2016. Theoretical clarification concerning STPs, from the King’s Fund Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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Patterns in the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Choices / Science Advances)

Summary Patterns of gene activity (gene expression) in specific areas of the brain may help explain why Alzheimer’s Disease tends to start in certain regions before spreading further through the brain. “ …those regions of the brain in which tissues … Continue reading

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Developments in Dementia Research: From the Horses’ Mouths (NHS England / NIHR)

Summary Professor Alistair Burns (NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health), and Professor Martin Rossor (NIHR National Director for Dementia Research), discuss current issues and new approaches in dementia research, touching briefly upon some of … Continue reading

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Challenges in the Creation of a Seven-Day NHS: Leaked Update (BBC News)

Summary A confidential Department of Health review of government plans for a seven-day NHS in England, “leaked” to the Guardian newspaper and Channel 4 News, identifies 13 potential risks; including concerns over staff-shortages, workforce overload and the general lack of … Continue reading

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Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study: Dementia Early Detection and Biomarkers Research Programme (MRC / NIHR)

Summary The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study will explore improvements in biomarker research and the development of tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease early on. This research programme will be funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the … Continue reading

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Earlier Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Acta Neuropathologica Communications)

Summary Recent animal research, using rats, suggests there may be a cheap and non-invasive method of detecting Parkinson’s Disease early – before symptoms develop – by identifying changes in the eye. The same study also offers early evidence for a … Continue reading

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Early Indications Suggest Zika Virus Might Damage Adult Brains Resulting in Long-Term Neurological Conditions (NHS Choices / Cell Stem Cell)

Summary The Zika virus has been linked with microcephaly in human babies, and has also – more tentatively – been linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), but until now was not thought likely to affect the adult population beyond minor short-term … Continue reading

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