Monthly Archives: October 2016

Postural (Orthostatic) Hypotension and Risk of Dementia? (BBC News / PLoS Medicine / NHS Choices)

Summary It appears that people who experience frequent drops in blood pressure or dizziness when standing up suddenly may be at increased risk of dementia, perhaps due to a decreased flow of blood to the brain. Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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Carers UK’s Pressure Points Report: Building on the Role of Carers in Supporting the NHS (Carers UK)

Summary A recent Carers UK report examined the potential role(s) of carers in helping to reduce emergency admissions and re-admissions to hospital; and to minimise delayed transfers of care from hospital. Around 40% carers who have taken their dependents to A&E … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Potential Environmental Risk Factors for Dementia (BBC News / Alzheimer Scotland / BMC Geriatrics)

Summary Experts at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre have compiled a list of the environmental factors which are thought likely to contribute to the risk of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference List of dementia environmental risk factors drawn … Continue reading

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Care Homes Sector (Still) In Crisis (BBC News / CQC)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC), reflecting on trends in care home closures, has suggested that the care market for older and disabled people in England could be at risk. The number of care homes has declined by roughly 1,500 … Continue reading

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Global Burden of Disease Study: 2016 Update (Lancet)

Summary This year’s update to the Global Burden of Disease Study again includes trends for Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, based on meta-analysis of prevalence studies. There was an increase of almost 40% in the total deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease … Continue reading

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A Typology of Carers? (Qualitative Health Research)

Summary Comments about difficult care-related problems experienced at home, made by spouses caring for their partners with Alzheimer’s Disease or Parkinson’s Disease, were analysed by researchers to identify generalisable themes in how carers tend to perceive challenges and manage their … Continue reading

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Coffee / Caffeine Consumption and Dementia Risk Reduction in Women (NHS Choices / Journal of Gerontology: Series A)

Summary Researchers investigating caffeine consumption in postmenopausal women consider they may have found further evidence for an inverse (“protective”) association between caffeine intake and age-related cognitive impairment and / or risk of dementia. Statistics reveal what is interpreted as a … Continue reading

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A Natural Limit to Human Life Expectancy? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Despite recent historical trends in the seemingly endless increase in human life expectancy, researchers analysing global demographic data believe they may have detected signs that the maximum lifespan may be limited to around 115 years “Our results strongly suggest … Continue reading

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Urine Test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)? (BBC News / MRC / JAMA Neurology / NEJM)

Summary It may one day be possible to use a non-invasive diagnostic urine test to discover whether or not patients have sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (sCJD). Full Text Link Reference A urine test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may be possible. London: Medical … Continue reading

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