Category Archives: Pharmacological Treatments

Nutritional Intervention to Slow Dementia Progression?: Evidence Still Unclear on Nutricia’s Souvenaid Drink (BBC News / Lancet Neurology / NHS Choices)

Summary A LipiDiDiet trial investigated the effects of Fortasyn Connect on cognitive decline (and related measures) in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This small trial indicates that Nutricia’s nutrient drink Souvenaid has no significant effect on the rate of … Continue reading

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Review of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia-Related Agitation: Including a Brief Analysis of the Risks and Benefits of Drug Treatments (Translational Psychiatry)

Summary A recently published literature review evaluates the best available evidence on the effectiveness of various non-pharmacological interventions for reducing dementia-related agitation. The author also briefly addresses current viewpoints on balancing the risks and benefits of pharmacotherapy in the management … Continue reading

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Lower Cognitive Impairment / Dementia With Oral Anticoagulants For Atrial Fibrillation (European Heart Journal / NHS Choices)

Summary Swedish researchers have discovered that anticoagulant treatment for atrial fibrillation is associated with a 29% lower risk of dementia. “The risk of dementia is higher without oral anticoagulant treatment in patients with AF. This suggests that early initiation of … Continue reading

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New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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Potentially Inappropriate Prescribing for Older Persons: Revisited (APPG on Dementia / Newsmax / European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

Summary The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG), back in 2008, asserted that perhaps half of dementia patients may be receiving inappropriate medications. While the extent to which this position may have changed in recent years is debatable, the allegation … Continue reading

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Scoping the Potential Role(s) of Community Pharmacists in Medication Management for Community-Dwelling People With Dementia (Health Expectations)

Summary A new article has appeared on the roles for community pharmacists in assisting people with dementia dwelling in the community, their informal carers – and health and social care professionals more widely – in achieving safer and more effective … Continue reading

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Research Towards a World Without Dementia: Marking World Alzheimer’s Day / World Alzheimer’s Month 2017 (Alzheimer’s Disease International / Department of Health)

Summary Information is available from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) concerning World Alzheimer’s Month (September) and World Alzheimer’s Day 2017, which was on September 21st 2017. The theme for this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month campaign is again “Remember Me”. The UK … Continue reading

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