Category Archives: International

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

A Brief Review of How the COVID-19 Pandemic Relates to Elderly Care and Research (JGCR)

Summary A brief literature review examines publications relating to the elderly population arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Themes, and possible areas for further research, are identified. Full Text Link Reference Tripathy, S. (2020). The COVID-19 pandemic and the elderly patient: … Continue reading

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Some Speculated / Potential Benefits of COVID-19 (JGCR / BBC Radio 4’s Rethink)

Summary The following article, unusually and perhaps controversially, attempts an initial assessment of certain perceived potential beneficial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Text Link Reference Tripathy, S. Kar, SK. Roy, D. [et al]. (2020). Community perception of the environmental … Continue reading

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More on the Possible Role of Neuroinflammation in Frontotemporal Dementia (Bazian / Brain)

Summary Inflammation in the brain has been found to be present alongside (“co-localised” with) protein clusters in patients with frontotemporal dementia, suggesting that neuroinflammation may be involved as a potential cause of frontotemporal dementia. “The researchers found that both the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Infection: Coronavirus in the UK (DHSC / PHE / BBC News / SCIE / NHS England)

Summary Latest guidance for the general public. Full Text Link Reference New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care [and] Public Health England, March 17th 2020. In less than three months the impact … Continue reading

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Interventions to Improve Resilience in People Living With Dementia (Frontiers in Medicine)

Summary A review of the literature has identified five types of interventions designed to support resilience (coping with adversity) in people with dementia, which comprise: Dementia Advisors. Peer Support Network Services. Visual Arts Enrichment Activities (VAEA). Memory Makers. Early-Stage and … Continue reading

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Developments in Smart Assistive Technology to Support People With Dementia (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A recent systematic investigates the use of remote “sensing technology” to assess behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), and for monitoring people with dementia more generally. The broad categories of technology considered include (i) wearable sensors, (ii) non-wearable … Continue reading

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Elderly Depression and Dementia: Underlying Relationships? (Frontiers in Pharmacology)

Summary A systematic review examines the relationship(s) between depression and dementia in old age, exploring multiple possible explanations: Depressive symptoms may be a risk factor for dementia. Depressive symptoms may be a prodromal symptom of dementia. Depressive symptoms may be … Continue reading

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Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (JGCR)

Summary Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA) is characterised mainly by impaired perceptual speed, episodic memory, semantic memory, attention and executive function. It has much in common with global cognitive impairment, and diagnosis may overlap with that for Alzheimer’s Disease or other … Continue reading

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Terminal Lucidity: a Brief Exploration (BBC Radio 4 / PubMed / Google Scholar)

Summary Unexpected (apparent?) return of mental clarity and cognitive function in cases of severe dementia, shortly before death – a widely under-recognised phenomenon? Questions, about the fundamental relationship between brain and mind, are explored in an open-minded and even-handed manner. … Continue reading

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Flavonols Re-Visited (Neurology / NHS Digital – Behind the Headlines / Bazian)

Summary A study has found that older adults consuming diets high in flavonols (found in tea, red wine, fruit and green vegetables) had a 40% lower chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease compared to persons consuming diets lower in flavonols. “Higher dietary intakes … Continue reading

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