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Mid-Life Blood Test for Inflammation May Predict Later-Life Dementia Risk? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Higher inflammatory marker scores in middle age, based on five blood-based markers of inflammation (fibrinogen, albumin, von Willebrand factor, factor VIII and white blood cell count) appear to be associated with reduced brain volume (thought to be neurodegenerative “shrinkage”) … Continue reading

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Nutritional Intervention to Slow Dementia Progression?: Evidence Still Unclear on Nutricia’s Souvenaid Drink (BBC News / Lancet Neurology / NHS Choices)

Summary A LipiDiDiet trial investigated the effects of Fortasyn Connect on cognitive decline (and related measures) in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This small trial indicates that Nutricia’s nutrient drink Souvenaid has no significant effect on the rate of … Continue reading

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Lower Cognitive Impairment / Dementia With Oral Anticoagulants For Atrial Fibrillation (European Heart Journal / NHS Choices)

Summary Swedish researchers have discovered that anticoagulant treatment for atrial fibrillation is associated with a 29% lower risk of dementia. “The risk of dementia is higher without oral anticoagulant treatment in patients with AF. This suggests that early initiation of … Continue reading

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Tackling the Human and Financial Costs of Poor Mental Health at Work (BBC News / Department of Health / Monitor Deloitte / NHS Choices)

Summary The independent review of mental health and employers by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer estimates that poor mental health may cost the UK economy £99 billion per year, and that possibly 300,000 people with mental health problems may drop-out … Continue reading

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New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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Maintaining Strength for Healthier Ageing (BBC News / NHS Choices / Lancet)

Summary The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has warned that perhaps one quarter of over-65s don’t do sufficient strength exercises to maintain general physical fitness and help avoid the risk of falls. Conducting strength exercises can be an integral part … Continue reading

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Tackling Physical Inactivity in Middle Age (BBC News / NHS Choices / PHE)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) has discovered that people’s activity levels tend to reduce from the age of 40 onwards. Generally, people in the UK are 20% less active now than in the 1960s. “A PHE survey found that 41% … Continue reading

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