Category Archives: Diagnosis

Dementia Biomarkers Re-Explored? (General Psychiatry / JGCR)

Summary A recent systematic review examines biomarkers, as strictly defined, for neurodegenerative diseases. “Vast improvements in neuroimaging techniques have led to newly discovered biomarkers and diagnostics”. p.5 Behavioural biomarkers are mentioned hardly at all. Full Text Link Reference Maclin, JMA. … Continue reading

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Functional Memory Disorders: a Potential Reason for Dementia Misdiagnoses? (BJGP)

Summary The authors of this review speculate whether a proportion of persons receiving referrals to memory clinics may not have dementia (or perhaps not even pre-clinical neurodegenerative disease at all); this category of patients may instead have functional disorders of … Continue reading

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Time for a Complete Reset in Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Drugs Research: Never Too Late? (BBC News / Brain / NHS Digital)

Summary A new type of dementia, previously misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease, has been discovered to be prevalent in the oldest of old persons. Perhaps a third of elderly people earlier thought to have Alzheimer’s Disease may have had Limbic-predominant age-related … Continue reading

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Respiratory Futures (NHS England / NHS Improvement / British Thoracic Society)

Summary Respiratory Futures is an online hub, developed by NHS England, NHS Improvement and the British Thoracic Society, which provides an interactive regional map of integrated care plans for respiratory disease. There are also case studies, video interviews, links to … Continue reading

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Optometric and Ophthalmological Tests for Visual Symptoms of Posterior Cortical Atrophy (BMJ Open)

Summary Research by the College of Optometrists on Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) has investigated the suitability of certain vision assessment tests to help differentiate between cortical and optical / ocular causes of visual impairment. An awareness of PCA helps to … Continue reading

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Pharmacists’ Interventions to Promote Quality of Life and Healthy Ageing (PHE)

Summary Interventions which can be provided by pharmacy teams to help older people lead more independent lives and improve their health are listed, including those directed towards: Preventing falls. Dementia Physical inactivity. Social isolation. Malnutrition. Full Text Link Reference A … Continue reading

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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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