Category Archives: In the News

Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Saliva Test? (NHS Choices / JAD)

Summary Pilot research indicates that a chemical in the saliva can be used to differentiate, with relatively high accuracy, between persons who are currently healthy, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and others with Alzheimer’s Disease. Potentially, salivary biomarkers could … Continue reading

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Conservative Manifesto on Social Care: Wiggle Room Re-Discovered to Avoid Toxic Dementia Tax (BBC News)

Summary Call it a re-balancing of emphasis, or call it a U-turn, there has been a welcome decision to consider setting an absolute maximum limit on the amount that individuals may have to contribute to their social care needs. The … Continue reading

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Perhaps No Such Thing as Healthy Obesity? (BBC News / NHS Choices / EurekAlert!)

Summary Analysis of UK GP records by researchers at the University of Birmingham indicates that otherwise “metabolically healthy” obese people do have a statistically higher chance of heart disease, stroke or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack) and heart failure compared … Continue reading

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Conservative Manifesto on Social Care: No Solution to Dementia Tax? (BBC News)

Summary The Dilnot Commission’s recommendation, for a “cap” on each individual’s total care cost liabilities, appears to have been thwarted again. The looming probability of “catastrophic” care costs seems set to remain for persons with various long-term neurodegenerative diseases, as … Continue reading

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Experiences of the Challenges Faced by People Living With Dementia in the UK (Alzheimer’s Society)

Summary The following report covers results from the latest Alzheimer’s Society’s survey of the views and experiences of 966 people with dementia, 500 unpaid carers and 2,356 adults aged 16-75 in the United Kingdom. The stark costs of the “dementia tax” are exposed. … Continue reading

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Separation of Elderly Couples Condemned as Inhuman and Potentially Fatal (BBC News)

Summary The involuntary separation of elderly couples, when one or both parties moves into a care home, should cease according to Sir James Munby (Family Judge). Social workers have been strongly advised to apply a “common decency” test in these circumstances … Continue reading

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Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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