Monthly Archives: January 2019

Social Prescriber Link Workers: Part of a Universal Care Plan (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary There are plans for NHS England to recruit around 1,000 social prescribing “link workers” by 2020-21 to facilitate social prescribing with a view to increasing patient involvement in social activities including exercise groups and art classes. “Link workers are … Continue reading

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More on Possible Blood Tests for Pre-Symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (NHS Digital / Nature Medicine)

Summary People with a rare hereditary form of Alzheimer’s Disease (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease) have raised levels of a protein called neurofilament light chain (NfC) in their blood, arising from damage to previously healthy nerve cells. These elevated levels of … Continue reading

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Further Evidence on the Association Between Poor Oral Health and the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease. New Possibilities for Treatment? (BBC News / Science Advances)

Summary Analysis of brain tissue, spinal fluid, and saliva from persons with Alzheimer’s Disease indicates the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis (the bacterium associated with chronic gum disease) in the brain and central nervous system. Animal research using mice indicates that … Continue reading

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ESRC-NIHR Dementia Research Initiative: Funding or Four Dementia Research Projects (NIHR)

Summary The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have announced further funding for research projects aiming to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. The four projects comprise … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Fibre (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary A systematic review and meta-analysis of previous studies indicates that consumption of dietary fibre (roughage) confers many health benefits. Comparison of health outcomes between the highest consumers of dietary fibre (versus the lowest) suggests that there is between 15-30% … Continue reading

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Antidepressants Not Recommended for Depression in People With Dementia (NIHR Signal / Cochrane Database)

Summary A National Institute for Health Research “Signal” expert commentary refers to a systematic review which indicates that antidepressants are unsuitable / unhelpful for the treatment of depression in persons living with dementia. Full Text Link Reference Antidepressants do not … Continue reading

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More on the NHS Long Term Plan (DHSC / NHS England / BBC News / NAO / King’s Fund)

Summary The NHS Long Term Plan was released earlier this week. The plan is backed by the commitment of an extra £20.5 billion funding for the NHS per year. “The 10-year plan includes measures to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes … Continue reading

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French Research Into the Needs of Carers for People With Neurocognitive Disorders (BMC Health Services Research)

Summary This review investigated aspects of the additional burdens for carers typically arising from caring for persons with neurocognitive disorders, with a view to developing a consensus on the priorities of caregivers. An expert panel was consulted, comprising 68 informal carers of … Continue reading

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Prevention: Central to the NHS Long Term Plan (BBC News / NHS Egland)

Summary Early announcements concerning the NHS Long Term Plan, previously billed as the “NHS Ten Year Plan”, indicate an even greater emphasis on the prevention agenda. This will involve, among other related schemes, the provision for problem drinkers and smokers … Continue reading

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Qualitative Research Into the Acute Hospital Care Weekend Effect (BMC Health Services Research)

Summary While much recent research has cast doubt upon the validity of the “Weekend Effect” construct, the authors of this qualitative research focus instead on the perceptions of patients and hospital workers regarding the quality and safety of care at … Continue reading

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