Monthly Archives: April 2019

Respiratory Futures (NHS England / NHS Improvement / British Thoracic Society / BBC News)

Summary Respiratory Futures is an online hub, developed by NHS England, NHS Improvement and the British Thoracic Society, which provides an interactive regional map of integrated care plans for respiratory disease. There are also case studies, video interviews, links to … Continue reading

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Spinal Implants May Revolutionise Walking Rehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Parkinson’s UK)

Summary Canadian researchers working with electrical stimulation to the spines of chronic Parkinson’s Disease patients have discovered a technique to improve mobility and reduce the risk of falls. The implants improve feedback signals returning back up to the brain. “[Benefit … Continue reading

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New Uncertainties Around Irreversible Brain Cell Death Following Oxygen Deprivation? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Conventional medical wisdom holds that brain cells and working brain circuitry are prone to irreversible damage following merely minutes of interrupted blood flow and disrupted oxygen supply. Researchers at Yale University used an extracorporeal pulsatile-perfusion system to restore circulation in … Continue reading

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Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Lewy Body Dementia (Psychological Medicine / International Psychogeriatrics)

Summary Lewy Body Dementia (dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia) involves visual hallucinations, fluctuating cognition / attention, motor disturbances, falls, and extreme sensitivity to antipsychotics. Caution in the use of pharmacological treatments such as antipsychotics is advised in … Continue reading

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Precise Transcranial Brain Stimulation Improves Working Memory? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Working memory (short-term memory) declines with age, but it appears that a new technique involving transcranial brain stimulation may have some potential for helping to restore working memory to levels typical of more youthful individuals. “The results provide insight … Continue reading

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The Estimated Health Impact of Poor Diets (BBC News / Lancet / NHS Digital)

Summary Poor diet has been estimated to be a bigger killer than smoking. Malnutrition (resulting from poor quality diets) may play a role in one in five premature deaths world-wide; an estimated 11 million people. The most dangerous diets contain: … Continue reading

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No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Optometric and Ophthalmological Tests for Visual Symptoms of Posterior Cortical Atrophy (BMJ Open)

Summary Research by the College of Optometrists on Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) has investigated the suitability of certain vision assessment tests to help differentiate between cortical and optical / ocular causes of visual impairment. An awareness of PCA helps to … Continue reading

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