Tag Archives: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (University College London)

Updated Projections for the Dementia Time-Bomb in England and Wales to 2040 (BMJ)

Summary A recent study by researchers University College London (UCL) and the University of Liverpool attempting to assess the future societal burden of dementia (sometimes termed the “Dementia Timebomb”) predicts the number of people living with dementia in England and Wales could … Continue reading

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Physical Activity in Midlife May Not Reduce Risk of Developing Dementia: No Harm in Trying (BMJ)

Summary The general consensus in the literature has tended to suggest that mid-life physical activity is typically beneficial, in part as a lifestyle choice which is likely to contribute to a reduced risk of developing cognitive decline and / or … Continue reading

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On the Benefits of Supportive Social Networks (Journal of Alzheimers Disease)

Summary Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) has been used to demonstrate that positive social support from friends, family etc. is associated statistically with a reduced risk of developing dementia. Conversely, negative social support appears to increase … Continue reading

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NHS World Class Cancer Care Aim: Four Week Cancer Waiting Time for Testing and Treatment (BBC News / NHS England / Department of Health)

Summary NHS England’s Cancer Taskforce has ambitious plans to improve performance and quality in cancer care. The new 2020 target involves patients receiving results from cancer tests within four weeks of referral by a GP. Older radiotherapy machines are to … Continue reading

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A Question of Height: a New Dimension in Statistical and Genetic Risk Factors? (BBC News / NHS Choices / British Journal of Psychiatry / NEJM)

Summary A number of studies point to the unexpected potential influence of physical height in the risks of developing various diseases (which may or may not be related). It was found last year that decreasing height is associated statistically with … Continue reading

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Northern Countries: Environmental Risk Factors Behind Geographical Variations in Dementia Risk? (BBC News / Epidemiology)

Summary People living further north appear to be more likely to develop dementia. Scientists mapped prevalence of dementia in Scotland among 37,000 people born in 1921. A second study involved over 26,000 Swedish twins living in different parts of that … Continue reading

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Happiness Research, Geography (Economics?) and Ageing (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary In the affluent Western countries, including the UK and the US, measurable life satisfaction follows a U-shape curve, dipping to a low in midlife but rising again in later life (despite physical ageing). Life satisfaction in Africa tends to … Continue reading

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