Tag Archives: Critical Appraisals

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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Eye Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Digital / Ophthalmology Retina)

Summary Further discussion about the possibilities of using inexpensive eye tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps years before symptoms appear. This particular technique involves the examination of blood vessels and blood flow in the retina, as detected by Octa (Optical … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Diets: Good for Mental Health? (BBC News / Molecular Psychiatry / NHS Choices)

Summary Mediterranean diets may help to prevent depression, according to a new meta-analysis of 41 earlier studies. More research is needed to confirm this suspected link. Full Text Link Reference Mediterranean diet ‘may help prevent depression’. London: BBC Health News, … Continue reading

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More on International Comparisons in Life Expectancy: The Impact of Austerity? (BBC News / ONS / BMJ / NHS Choices)

Summary Increases in life expectancy in the UK may be slowing down; possibly at the fastest rate among the top twenty leading world economies. This slowdown effect was most apparent in women, where the rate of rising life expectancy fell … Continue reading

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Alcohol Consumption in Moderation Perhaps Not Too Harmful: Some Neuroprotective Benefits? (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Choices / Heart)

Summary New evidence suggests that moderate levels of alcohol consumption (drinking between 7 – 14 units of alcohol per week) results in a lower level of risk for developing dementia, when compared to the dementia risk for either heavy drinkers … Continue reading

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Screening for Dementia at the Opticians? (BBC News / NHS Choices / JAMA Neurology)

Summary A simple eye test, at high street opticians, for thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) could in future help predict which persons are at risk of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference Optician’s eye test ‘could spot … Continue reading

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