Category Archives: Systematic Reviews

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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Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals: Comparisons Between Specialist Inpatient Dementia Units Versus Standard Ward Care (Aging Clinical and Experimental Research)

Summary A recent systematic review investigated the literature on the comparative effectiveness of Specialist Inpatient Dementia Units (SIDUs) in acute hospital settings versus that of standard ward care (SWC). Studies that scored poorly relating to possible bias were excluded from the … Continue reading

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Benefits of Robotic Pets for Elderly Care Home Residents? (International Journal of Older People Nursing)

Summary A systematic review has examined the evidence on the reported advantages of robopets (defined as small animal-like robots with the appearance and behavioural characteristics of pets) and the effects of robopets on the mental health and well-being of older … Continue reading

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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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The Estimated Health Impact of Poor Diets (BBC News / Lancet / NHS Digital)

Summary Poor diet has been estimated to be a bigger killer than smoking. Malnutrition (resulting from poor quality diets) may play a role in one in five premature deaths world-wide; an estimated 11 million people. The most dangerous diets contain: … 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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NICE Update on Antipsychotics for People With Dementia (NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has again updated their summary of evidence on the use (or withdrawal) of antipsychotics for people living with dementia. This document is not a formal NICE guideline. Full Text Link … Continue reading

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