Category Archives: International

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

Walking Speed in Midlife: a Predictor of Physical and Mental Decline? (BBC News / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Slow walking speed (“gait speed”) in mid-life appears to be an early warning sign of accelerated ageing. Slower walkers tend to display more signs of accelerated ageing in terms of various markers and measures (such as lung health, teeth, … Continue reading

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Resources and Announcements for World Mental Health Day (WHO / Public Health England / NHS England / DHSC / Mind)

Summary There has been a flurry of new resources, announcements and initiatives in anticipation of World Mental Health Day, which falls on October 10th 2019. Every Mind Matters: a Mental Health Hub for the General Public Public Health England (PHE), … Continue reading

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Quality Improvement: Strategies Needed to Reduce Preventable Patient Harm (NIHR Signal / BMJ / Future Healthcare Journal / WHO)

Summary A recent review found that around 6% patients in healthcare settings (internationally) experience potentially preventable harm; with approximately 1 in 8 such cases resulting in severe harm, permanent disability or death​ “Six types of patient harm were identified: drug … Continue reading

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Holistic Consideration of Apathy in Dementia (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

Summary A recent review of apathy proposes an integrative (holistic) model for understanding the condition, in common with other forms of BPSD. “As with other BPSD, …neural mechanisms alone do not completely account for the syndrome – individual, caregiver and … Continue reading

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Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment in Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Promising Results? (JAD / Bazian)

Summary Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment (TEMT) for persons with mild / moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, delivered ia a bathing cap-style head device called the MemorEM, appears to bring about various statistically significant improvements without any observable adverse effects. Benefits are said to include: “ …cognitive enhancement, changes to CSF / … Continue reading

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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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