Monthly Archives: December 2016

Fourth Annual Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Think Tank (Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience / International Journal of Neuroscience)

Summary An annual round-up of developments in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). (x3). Full Text Link Reference Deeb, W. Giordano, JJ. [and] Rossi, PJ. [et al] (2016). Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: a … Continue reading

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Future Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (MRC / Guardian / JAMA Neurology)

Summary Professor Bart De Strooper has been appointed as the Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). Prof. De Strooper currently leads the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and is scientific … Continue reading

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Flashing Light: A Potential Alternative to Drug Treatment to Prevent Amyloid Plaque Formation? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Animal research on genetically modified mice suggests that a specialised form of flashing light therapy might help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. It appears that shining a strobe light, flashing at a rate of 40Hz, into rodents’ eyes … Continue reading

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Patient Flow or Patient Gridlock? (Health Foundation / BBC News)

Summary The Health Foundation’s latest report on whole systems approaches to patient flow attempts to supply a definitive guide on this topic for local health and social care economies in the UK. It summarises the state of current knowledge about … Continue reading

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Improvement of Care and Workforce Development: a National Framework (NHS Improvement / King’s Fund)

Summary The “Developing People – Improving Care” framework for continuous quality improvement and leadership development in NHS and social care services has been published by NHS Improvement. It aims to promote developments in main four areas: Systems leadership: particularly to … Continue reading

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Possibly a Paradigm Shift in the Understanding of Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Cell / NHS Choices)

Summary Animal research in the United States and Sweden suggests that Parkinson’s Disease may be caused by bacteria living in the gut. It appears likely that the certain gut bacteria (the “gut microbiome”) could be responsible for releasing chemicals (SCFAs) … Continue reading

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Raising Awareness of Older Carers and Carers’ Rights Generally (NHS England / Carers Trust)

Summary Results from a Carers’ Trust survey conducted between October and November 2016 are used to raise awareness of issues affecting older carers in England. Full Text Link Reference Speak up for older carers. [Online]: Carers’ Trust, November 2016. A … Continue reading

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Quality Improvement Metrics: a New System For Measuring Whole System Performance (IHI)

Summary Analysts at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States have developed an improved set of measures by which to assess the performance of health care organisations and health care systems. Their “Whole System Measures 2.0 (WSM … Continue reading

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Self-Care in the UK: Exploring Hidden Barriers (PAGB)

Summary The Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) investigated attitudes to the avoidable use of GP and A&E services. The majority (92%) of people in the UK recognise the importance of taking responsibility one’s own health and thereby easing the … Continue reading

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