Monthly Archives: January 2018

Study Into the Possible Effect(s) of Retirement on Memory / Cognitive Impairment (NHS Choices / European Journal of Epidemiology)

Summary An epidemiological study of civil servants who took part in the Whitehall II Study found that while all categories of cognition function tend to decline over time, verbal memory, in particular, appears to decline at a rate 38% faster … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Improving Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary A brief BBC News item explores the potential of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for improving wellbeing and cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. “Although we are not talking about treating the Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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Exploring the Value and Benefits of Music for People With Dementia (ILC-UK / Commission on Dementia and Music)

Summary A report from the International Longevity Centre UK covers the potential roles of therapeutic music services, and digital music streaming technologies, for people living with dementia. “If music publishers and streaming platforms could make music available for free or … Continue reading

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No Room For Complacency Regarding Population Subclinical vCJD? (PLoS Pathogens)

Summary After a near-miss mini-epidemic of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the 1990s, experts caution that: “It is essential that we do not become complacent and continue both surveillance and risk management strategies in both human and animal prion diseases”. … Continue reading

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Persons With Hidden Disabilities Soon More Likely to Receive Blue Badge Parking Permits? (BBC News)

Summary So-called “hidden disabilities”, such as mental health, dementia and autism may soon be given higher weight for consideration by officials when awarding blue badge parking permits in England. “By looking at non-visible illness, we can actually change the perceptions … Continue reading

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