Monthly Archives: April 2017

More on Statistical Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia and / or MCI (Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders)

Summary Analysis of data from the Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study has confirmed the widely reported association between hearing impairment and an increased likelihood of developing dementia and / or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Full Text Link (Note: This article requires … Continue reading

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Latest Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on Physical Exercise and Cognitive Function in Adults Older Than 50 Years of Age (BBC News / NHS Choices / British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Summary An Australian review of 39 studies has found that physical exercise (aerobic exercise and strength training) appears to improve cognitive functioning, including memory and attention. Interventions such as aerobic exercise, resistance training, multicomponent training and tai chi all confer significant … Continue reading

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Diet Drinks Triple Risk of Stroke and Dementia? (NHS Choices / Stroke / BBC Health News / NHS England)

Summary Recently published evidence indicates that consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks is associated statistically with a higher risk of stroke and dementia, but these alleged links are not overwhelmingly convincing or concerning. An NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical … Continue reading

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Potential Association Between Tea Consumption and a Reduced Risk of Developing Dementia? (NHS Choices / Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging)

Summary There is some evidence from Singapore that tea drinkers may be less likely to develop brain disorders such as dementia. Researchers discovered that Chinese elderly tea drinkers appeared to be less likely to develop dementia compared to non-drinkers. “The … Continue reading

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Review of Simulated Presence Therapy for BPSD (Cochrane Database)

Summary Simulated Presence Therapy (SPT) is any type of intervention which uses video or audiotape recordings of family members presented to persons with dementia, and is viewed by some to be a possible approach to treating the behavioural and psychological … Continue reading

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Pharmacist Involvement in Hospital Ward Teams and Rates of Hospital Readmission (European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

Summary A recent Swedish trial was conducted to assess whether comprehensive medication reviews performed by clinical pharmacists working on hospital wards as part of healthcare multidisciplinary team might reduce drug-related hospital readmission rates for people with dementia or cognitive impairment. … Continue reading

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Grounds for Cautious Optimism Regarding Two Drugs Re-Purposed for Neurodegenerative Diseases? (BBC News / MRC / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary Animal research, involving mice, has indicated promising results for the potential of two re-purposed drugs in helping to slow or halt the progression of a number of neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. “The best known drug of the pair … Continue reading

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