Category Archives: International

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

Review of Socially Assistive Robots (Journal of Medical Internet Research)

Summary A recent systematic review of the literature on the uses and efficacy of socially assistive robots (SARs) notes that the limited evidence to date in the field of mental health focuses largely on applications of SARs for elderly persons with dementia. There is … Continue reading

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Blood Test Able to Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Decades Before Symptoms? (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary Research published in the Neurology journal claims a significant breakthrough in the development of a blood test (for plasma Aβ42/Aβ40) which may be able to predict Alzheimer’s Disease onset with 94% accuracy. Due caution: “But it’s important to note … Continue reading

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Screening Tools for Dementia and Cognitive Impairment in Hospitals: Validity and Accuracy (PLoS One)

Summary A Swiss systematic review investigated the diagnostic accuracy and validity of various tools for screening dementia and / or cognitive impairment in hospital patients. The aim was to provide up-to-date evidence for the choice of cognitive tests best suited … Continue reading

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Healthy Lifestyles May Partially Help Offset Genetic Risk Factors for Dementia (BBC News / JAMA / Bazian)

Summary Persons in the UK Biobank study were followed over time to discover whether pursuing a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, regular physical activity, healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption) might be associated with lower risk of developing dementia regardless of predisposing genetic risk factors. Statistically, favourable (“healthy”) lifestyles … Continue reading

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Consumption of Sugary Drinks Associated With Higher Cancer Risk? (BBC News / BMJ / Bazian)

Summary Sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices and fizzy pops, appear to increase the risk of cancer (very slightly). Full Text Link Reference Gallagher, J. (2019). Are sugary drinks causing cancer? London: BBC Health News, July 11th 2019. This relates … Continue reading

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More on the Likely Benefits of Resilience, Marriage and Social Integration (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health / Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry)

Summary Autonomy among more “resilient” individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) appears to be higher than among “non-resilient” individuals. Outcomes were measured in terms of independence, measured by performance of basic activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily … Continue reading

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