Category Archives: In the News

Medicine to Ease Enlarged Prostate Re-Purposed for Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Journal of Clinical Investigation)

Summary Terazosin, a drug developed originally to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. It is thought that Terazosin may help by activating an enzyme (PGK1) which prevents cell death in the relevant brain regions. … Continue reading

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Physical Activity Guidelines (BBC News / DHSC)

Summary Physical activity helps to protect against various chronic conditions, including Type 2 diabetes (by 40%), coronary heart disease (by 35%) and depression (by 30%), according to guidance from the four UK Chief Medical Officers. Full Text Link Reference Strengthen … Continue reading

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Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Optimism Linked to Longevity (BBC News / PNAS / Bazian)

Summary Researchers in the United States, using data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Veterans’ Health Study, have confirmed that optimists tend to live longer and are more likely to achieve “exceptional longevity” i.e. live to an age of … Continue reading

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Benefits of Low-Intensity Activity (Bazian / BMJ / BBC News)

Summary Evidence supports the common-sense view that any type of activity is beneficial for avoiding premature mortality. Conversely, long periods of inactivity and sitting are deleterious to health. Full Text Link Reference ‘Sit less, move more’ may be key advice … Continue reading

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Blood Pressure in Early Middle Age Linked to Vascular Dementia Risk (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Epidemiological research indicates that high blood pressure in early mid-life (i.e. people in their 30s and 40s) is associated with blood vessel damage, brain shrinkage and vascular dementia risk in later life. Full Text Link Reference High blood pressure … Continue reading

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Digital Support for People At Risk of Type 2 Diabetes (NHS England / Diabetes Care)

Summary Online support and wearable monitoring technology will be provided for eligible people at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, as part of planned extensions to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This complies with ambitions in the NHS NHS Long … Continue reading

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