Category Archives: Scotland

Smell Test for Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary Parkinson’s Disease has a distinctive odour for certain gifted individuals, which has been analysed chemically and may now be replicated for automated detection by machine. This may, in future, permit earlier diagnosis and open the possibilities for timely treatments … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Fibre (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary A systematic review and meta-analysis of previous studies indicates that consumption of dietary fibre (roughage) confers many health benefits. Comparison of health outcomes between the highest consumers of dietary fibre (versus the lowest) suggests that there is between 15-30% … Continue reading

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Screening for Dementia at the Opticians? (BBC News / NHS Choices / JAMA Neurology)

Summary A simple eye test, at high street opticians, for thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) could in future help predict which persons are at risk of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference Optician’s eye test ‘could spot … Continue reading

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Brexit Dividend to Cover NHS Funding Settlement: Assisted by Undisclosed Tax Increases? (BBC News)

Summary The announcement of a 3.4% annual funding increase, over the next five years, represents a significant and politically astute compromise development, in advance of the NHS’s 70th birthday. Wise heads in the Treasury wanted to limit annual NHS budget … Continue reading

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Statistics on Life Expectancy and Healthy Life Expectancy (BBC News / Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Summary The BBC has launched an interactive calculator to help people assess how long they might live typically. Life-style and demographic factors are covered briefly. Full Text Link Reference How long are you going to live? London: BBC Health News, … Continue reading

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New Year – Same Old NHS Winter Pressures: Some Recent Responses to Excess Public Demand for Services (BBC News / RCGP / NHS England / King’s Fund)

Summary Other Northern European nations, North America etc. have more extreme and colder Winters, yet their health systems appear not to buckle under these predictable seasonal pressures. Here are some recent responses and initiatives, as mentioned in the news, aiming … Continue reading

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