Tag Archives: Kings College London

Walking Speed in Midlife: a Predictor of Physical and Mental Decline? (BBC News / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Slow walking speed (“gait speed”) in mid-life appears to be an early warning sign of accelerated ageing. Slower walkers tend to display more signs of accelerated ageing in terms of various markers and measures (such as lung health, teeth, … Continue reading

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Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

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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Blood Pressure in Early Middle Age Linked to Vascular Dementia Risk (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Epidemiological research indicates that high blood pressure in early mid-life (i.e. people in their 30s and 40s) is associated with blood vessel damage, brain shrinkage and vascular dementia risk in later life. Full Text Link Reference High blood pressure … Continue reading

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Estimated Burden of Alcohol-Related Care in NHS Hospitals (BBC News / Addiction / Bazian)

Summary Alcohol-related medical conditions cost the NHS in the UK roughly £3.5 billion per year. One in five UK hospital patients drink alcohol harmfully, according to a recent study. Full Text Link Reference Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK … Continue reading

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Unexpected Results From the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) Trial? (Pharmacoeconomics Open / JAD)

Summary Previous research has suggested that physical exercise has the potential to slow the progression of dementia in people with pre-existing mild cognitive impairment through to moderate dementia. Evidence for the cost-effectiveness of structured physical activity programmes has been lacking, … 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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