Category Archives: Pharmacological Treatments

Medicine to Ease Enlarged Prostate Re-Purposed for Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Journal of Clinical Investigation)

Summary Terazosin, a drug developed originally to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. It is thought that Terazosin may help by activating an enzyme (PGK1) which prevents cell death in the relevant brain regions. … Continue reading

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Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Blood Pressure in Early Middle Age Linked to Vascular Dementia Risk (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Epidemiological research indicates that high blood pressure in early mid-life (i.e. people in their 30s and 40s) is associated with blood vessel damage, brain shrinkage and vascular dementia risk in later life. Full Text Link Reference High blood pressure … Continue reading

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New Dementia Quality Standard (NICE)

Summary National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s “Dementia Quality Standard (QS184)” is intended to improve: dementia diagnosis rates; the wait time between referral and diagnosis; reductions in hospital admissions, avoidable care home admissions  and length of hospital stay; … Continue reading

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Questions Raised About Prescribing Painkillers for Dementia Patients (BBC Radio Four / BBC News)

Summary An investigation into the role of big pharma in the international opioid crisis, from BBC Radio 4, touches upon questions about the ethics and suitability of pain management embedded semi-routinely in care for persons with dementia: Full Audio Link … 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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