Monthly Archives: November 2016

Layman’s Guide To Understanding – And Helping – People With Dementia (Good Care Group)

Summary The Good Care Group have released a “Dementia: through their eyes” guide on person-centred care for people with dementia who prefer to remain living at home. It offers practical advice on communicating, eating well and improving wellbeing. Section headings … Continue reading

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Cognitive Health In Older Adults: Changing Unhealthy Lifestyles and Reducing Risk Factors (PHE)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) and the Cambridge Institute of Public Health have produced a summary of reviews which offer evidence to support the commissioning of interventions concerning a range of modifiable lifestyle risk factors / unhealthy behaviours in older … Continue reading

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BBC iWonder Guide: How Close Are We to Stopping Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary The BBC’s iWonder Guides provide “thought-provoking answers to the questions sparked by everyday life”. This particular collection of brief digestible articles, animations and videos covers: A frightening prospect (epidemiological statistics). How the disease affects your brain cells (an interactive … Continue reading

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National Clinical Director for Dementia: Letter to CCGs (NHS England)

Summary Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, has written to CCGs about progress on national dementia diagnosis rates and priorities for post-diagnostic dementia treatment / support. The letter discusses support available from NHS England. Topics covered … Continue reading

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Care Funding Omitted From Autumn Statement (BBC News / NAO)

Summary The chancellor has offered no additional resources for the NHS or for social care in the Autumn Statement, much to the surprise of many commentators. Existing departmental spending plans announced last year hold firm, meaning now has to be … Continue reading

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Another Recent Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Trial Disappointment (Lancet)

Summary Researchers aimed to discover whether LMTM [Leuco-methylthioninium bis(hydromethanesulfonate] might be safe and effective for slowing disease progression in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. LMTM had previously been found to work as a selective inhibitor of tau protein … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Solanezumab Drug Trial Flops (BBC News / Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary The phase 3 EXPEDITION3 trial has been abandoned, as Solanezumab failed to slow cognitive decline in tests on around 2,000 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Several other amyloid-clearance drugs are going through trials apparently. Full Text Link Reference Walsh, F. … Continue reading

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Proportion of People Over 65 Developing Dementia in the USA Decreasing Slightly (BBC News / JAMA Internal Medicine)

Summary Research in the United States indicates that the proportion of elderly people (aged over 65) with dementia has declined from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012. Previously expected future growth rates for the burden of dementia may not … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunities in Stroke Prevention (University of Birmingham / PLoS Medicine / European Journal of Neurology)

Summary Analysis of the records of UK patients who suffered a stroke indicates that over half of people who should have received drugs to prevent strokes had not been prescribed such medicines. Full Text Link Reference Research suggests ‘missed opportunities’ … Continue reading

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