Category Archives: Quick Insights

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Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Lewy Body Dementia (Psychological Medicine / International Psychogeriatrics)

Summary Lewy Body Dementia (dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia) involves visual hallucinations, fluctuating cognition / attention, motor disturbances, falls, and extreme sensitivity to antipsychotics. Caution in the use of pharmacological treatments such as antipsychotics is advised in … Continue reading

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Precise Transcranial Brain Stimulation Improves Working Memory? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Working memory (short-term memory) declines with age, but it appears that a new technique involving transcranial brain stimulation may have some potential for helping to restore working memory to levels typical of more youthful individuals. “The results provide insight … Continue reading

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No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … 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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Pan-Neurological Statistics for England (Neurological Alliance)

Summary The Neurological Alliance’s latest report provides a round-up of estimates for the prevalence of a range of neurological disorders. There are about 14.7 million neurological cases (one in six people) in the UK, and yet: “ …the NHS Long … Continue reading

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Recently Published Resources on Falls Prevention – In the Community and in Hospitals (BMJ / NHS Improvement / NIHR / JAMA Internal Medicine)

Summary There are uncertainties about the effectiveness of environmental interventions to reduce risk of falls among older persons living in the community. A BMJ systematic review covers the options, coming down in favour of occupational therapist-led environment risk assessments and … Continue reading

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