Monthly Archives: December 2017

Helping Hospital Patients Stay Active and a Winter Framework For Speedier Discharge (NHS England / BMJ / BJN / NIHR Signal / JAN)

Summary Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England has written about a Winter Framework designed to reduce delayed discharges by maximising the use of care homes across each Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). Therapy-led units, too, will be … Continue reading

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Identifying a Suitable Live-in Carer (Good Care Group)

Summary Live-in Care may be viewed by some as a preferable alternative to moving into a care home. The following piece offers numerous considerations when trying to identify a suitable live-in carer, and an appropriate live-in care solution. Full Text … Continue reading

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Review of Factors Influencing Carers’ Quality of Life (Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary A review of literature on the factors likely to influence the quality of life for family carers of people with dementia discovered ten broad themes: Demographics. Carer-Patient Relationship(s). Dementia Characteristics. Demands of Caring. Carer Health. Carer Emotional Well-Being. Support … Continue reading

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Benefits of Leafy Green Vegetables Consumption? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary The Memory and Aging Project (MAP) has shown there is some evidence of a weak association between consuming leafy green vegetables regularly and a reduced risk of cognitive decline and memory loss. “ …eating approximately one serving of leafy … Continue reading

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Signs of Dementia Often First Detected at Christmas? (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, has written briefly about the role of family and friends in identifying early signs of dementia when meeting older people / relatives over Christmas. … Continue reading

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Further Confirmation of the Benefits of Education for Cognitive Reserve? (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A detailed investigation into modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease provides further confirmation that levels of educational attainment are associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal provides a … Continue reading

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Exploring Work at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging (BBC News / Buck Institute for Research on Aging)

Summary A brief investigation into the research activities and aims of the Buck Institute for Research On Aging, based in California, USA. Full Text Link Reference Walsh, F. (2017). What are the secrets of the superagers? London: BBC Health News, … Continue reading

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NHS Digital’s Dementia Diagnosis Data Now Includes Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribing Rate for Dementia Patients (NHS Digital)

Summary NHS Digital dementia statistics, as published in the now expanded version the monthly Recorded Dementia Diagnoses report, indicate that 9.4% of patients with a recorded dementia diagnosis receive an antipsychotic medication prescription currently (i.e. based on data from the … Continue reading

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The Most Significant Breakthrough in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Fifty Years? (BBC News / UCL)

Summary An experimental drug for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease shows early signs of being able to lower the level of misfolded proteins (safely) in the brains of patients, thereby having the potential to slow or halt the progression of … Continue reading

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Updated Health Survey for England (BBC News / NHS Digital)

Summary More health statistics, in the form of the annual Health Survey for England, from NHS Digital. This poll of 10,000 people is used to monitor changes in the nation’s general health Full Text Link Reference Is England a healthy … Continue reading

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