Category Archives: Universal Interest

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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More on the Healthy Lives Strategy (Health Foundation)

Summary A further report from the Health Foundation adopts a characteristically “blue-sky thinking” approach to tackling population health improvement. This report argues for a more ambitious, “whole-government” approach to long-term investment prioritising the nation’s health (as opposed to isolated reactive, … Continue reading

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Physical Activity Guidelines (BBC News / DHSC)

Summary Physical activity helps to protect against various chronic conditions, including Type 2 diabetes (by 40%), coronary heart disease (by 35%) and depression (by 30%), according to guidance from the four UK Chief Medical Officers. Full Text Link Reference Strengthen … 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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Casual Ageism: Alive and Well? (SunLife / RSPH)

Summary SunLife has produced a report on the surprising persistence of ageism (including tacit, unrecognised and socially acceptable “casual ageism”), drawing attention to the often real consequences of such attitudes, and implicit policies, in terms of promoting social exclusion and … Continue reading

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National Dementia Diagnosis Statistics for England (NHS Digital)

Summary Statistical information on recorded dementia diagnosis rates (DDRs) continues to be published monthly by NHS Digital, formerly the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). “68.7% of those aged over 65 estimated to have dementia, have a coded diagnosis … Continue reading

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