Category Archives: In the News

Smell Test for Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary Parkinson’s Disease has a distinctive odour for certain gifted individuals, which has been analysed chemically and may now be replicated for automated detection by machine. This may, in future, permit earlier diagnosis and open the possibilities for timely treatments … Continue reading

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Eye Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Digital / Ophthalmology Retina)

Summary Further discussion about the possibilities of using inexpensive eye tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps years before symptoms appear. This particular technique involves the examination of blood vessels and blood flow in the retina, as detected by Octa (Optical … Continue reading

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Mushroom Consumption Associated With Small Decrease in Risk of Developing Mild Cognitive Impairment (BBC News / JAD)

Summary Eating mushrooms more than twice a week appears to be associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). “Our cross-sectional data support the potential role of mushrooms and their bioactive compounds in delaying neurodegeneration”. Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Associated With Small Increased Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Digital)

Summary Research from Finland discovered a 9% to 17% increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease in women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for more than 10 years. The public has been advised not to be overly concerned, as absolute risk … Continue reading

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Attitudes Towards Dementia Report (BBC News / Alzheimer’s Research UK)

Summary Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) have released a detailed report covering survey results about public attitudes towards dementia in the UK. Wave 1 of the Dementia Attitudes Monitor attempts to clarify the current state (using data from 2018) of the … Continue reading

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Support Workers for General Practice: Part of the NHS Comprehensive Personalised Care Model (BBC News / NHS England)

Summary Over 20,000 physiotherapists, pharmacists, paramedics, physician associates, and social prescribing support workers will be recruited by NHS England to work with general practices. The aim is to help relieve workload pressures on GPs. Full Text Link Reference GPs create … Continue reading

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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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