Category Archives: Diagnosis

Getting the Dementia Care Pathway Right (NHS RightCare / NHS England)

Summary NHS RightCare has produced a scenario which throws into contrast an optimal dementia care pathway as distinct from the possibly more common “sub-optimal” pathway alternative(s). Costings for an ideal pathway are presented, compared with those for an example sub-optimal … Continue reading

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Huntington’s Disease: a Blood Test “Speedometer”? (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Early research shows promise that a protein biomarker in the blood, called neurofilament light chain (NFL), which is released from damaged brain cells in Huntington’s Disease, may be the basis for a blood test able to predict whether people … Continue reading

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Dementia Assessment and Referral to GPs: DeAR-GP (NICE / HIN)

Summary It was already known that between 75% – 89% of care home residents have dementia, but many of these persons do not receive a diagnosis. The Health Innovation Network (HIN) worked with five care homes to design the Dementia … Continue reading

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Dementia Diagnosis Rates in England (NHS Digital)

Summary NHS Digital – formerly the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) – has released statistical information on recorded dementia diagnoses for April 2017. Data about people with dementia is recorded for each GP practice, enabling GPs and commissioners … Continue reading

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Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Saliva Test? (NHS Choices / JAD)

Summary Pilot research indicates that a chemical in the saliva can be used to differentiate, with relatively high accuracy, between persons who are currently healthy, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and others with Alzheimer’s Disease. Potentially, salivary biomarkers could … Continue reading

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Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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Updated Compendium of Patient Information on Parkinson’s Disease (Michael J. Fox Foundation / Parkinson’s UK)

Summary It is two years since the previous version of this collection, and some significant new patient guides have come to light, from both the USA and the UK. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research offers an interesting … Continue reading

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