Category Archives: International

Research involving non-UK agencies and/or international bodies. Includes both foreign and UK non-English e.g. Scottish, Welsh etc.

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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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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Cochrane Review of Music Therapy for Emotional Wellbeing and/or BPSD Reduction (Cochrane Database)

Summary A high-powered review has been conducted to assess the effectiveness of music-based interventions (“music therapy”), involving at least five sessions, for improving the emotional well-being of people with dementia. Outcomes investigated included alterations in quality of life, mood disturbance, … Continue reading

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Updated Compendium of Patient Information on Parkinson’s Disease (Michael J. Fox Foundation / Parkinson’s UK)

Summary It is two years since the previous version of this collection, and some significant new patient guides have come to light, from both the USA and the UK. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research offers an interesting … Continue reading

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More on Statistical Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia and / or MCI (Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders)

Summary Analysis of data from the Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study has confirmed the widely reported association between hearing impairment and an increased likelihood of developing dementia and / or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Full Text Link (Note: This article requires … Continue reading

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Latest Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on Physical Exercise and Cognitive Function in Adults Older Than 50 Years of Age (BBC News / NHS Choices / British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Summary An Australian review of 39 studies has found that physical exercise (aerobic exercise and strength training) appears to improve cognitive functioning, including memory and attention. Interventions such as aerobic exercise, resistance training, multicomponent training and tai chi all confer significant … Continue reading

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Diet Drinks Triple Risk of Stroke and Dementia? (NHS Choices / Stroke / BBC Health News / NHS England)

Summary Recently published evidence indicates that consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks is associated statistically with a higher risk of stroke and dementia, but these alleged links are not overwhelmingly convincing or concerning. An NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical … Continue reading

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