Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ten Portions of Fruit and Veg a Day? (BBC News / International Journal of Epidemiology / Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience)

Summary Forget five portions of fruit and veg per day? Forget seven portions a day? Research by Imperial College London suggests that consuming ten portions a day could be more beneficial and help prevent 7.8 million premature deaths every year. … Continue reading

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NHS Recovery Plan: Recommendations For Clarity on Sustainability of Health [and Social Care] (BBC News / PAC)

Summary The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has recommended (quote): A clear and transparent recovery plan, targeting NHS bodies and health economies in severe financial difficulty, by March 2017. A report by July 2017 on whether NHS finances … Continue reading

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The Reproducibilty Problem / Replication Crisis in Science: a Pervasive Issue in Medicine? (BBC News / Nature / Elife)

Summary It has been estimated that between 65% and 90% of researchers typically fail to reproduce fellow scientists’ research results. The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology has raised awareness of the prevalence of this problem in biomedical science. The issues are … Continue reading

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Dance Movement Therapy for Dementia (Cochrane Database)

Summary The authors of this systematic review wanted to assess the effects of dance movement therapy on behavioural, social, cognitive and emotional symptoms of people with dementia, and compare outcomes of such treatment to no treatment, standard care or any … Continue reading

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Trends in Life Expectancy: International Comparisons (BBC / Lancet)

Summary Researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) have analysed lifespan projections in 35 industrialised countries, partly with a view to informing the debate(s) regarding future challenges for pensions and elderly health and social care. They … Continue reading

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Sustainability and Transformation Plans: Reviewing Details (BBC News / King’s Fund / Red Cross)

Summary A recent King’s Fund report explores the content of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for reform of health and care services in England. According to BBC News 28 of these 44 proposals involve closures or downgrading of hospital … Continue reading

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Health and Social Care Integration: a Tale of Over-Optimism? (NAO / BBC News)

Summary A recent National Audit Office (NAO) report warns that progress towards the integration of health and social care has been slower and less successful than expected. It has not yet delivered the efficiencies and savings that the Department of … Continue reading

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People With Dementia Living Alone in the Community (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease)

Summary Research, based on experiences and outcomes concerning people with dementia living alone (with and without help from an informal caregiver) in Germany, indicates that it is possible – provided adequate support services are available – to survive without significant … Continue reading

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Elderly Major Trauma Patients: Guidelines (London Major Trauma System / Emergency Medicine Journal)

Summary The 11.5 million people aged 65 and older is the fastest growing age group in the UK They comprise 18% of the population today, and this figure is projected to rise to 25% of the population by 2040. According … Continue reading

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