Tag Archives: Myth-Busting

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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New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing? (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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More Spent on the NHS Than Previously Thought (BMJ / BBC News)

Summary Previous estimates concerning the proportion of UK GDP spent on the NHS were probably on the low side: Full Text Link (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access). Reference Appleby, J. … 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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Perhaps No Such Thing as Healthy Obesity? (BBC News / NHS Choices / EurekAlert!)

Summary Analysis of UK GP records by researchers at the University of Birmingham indicates that otherwise “metabolically healthy” obese people do have a statistically higher chance of heart disease, stroke or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack) and heart failure compared … Continue reading

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Healthy Eating: Unhealthy Disagreements About the Causes of Obesity (BBC News / NHS Choices / NOF / PHC / PHE)

Summary An epic battle for hearts and minds appears to be underway, concerning the relative merits of alternative approaches to tackling obesity at the population level through diet and nutritional advice. The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration … Continue reading

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Timely Reflections on Dementia Awareness (NHS England / UKMi)

Summary Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, marks National Dementia Awareness Week. Full Text Link Reference Great strides are being made in dementia awareness – Professor Alistair Burns. London: NHS England, May 20th 2016. Further elaboration, … Continue reading

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Confronting Reasons Behind Delays in Diagnosis of Dementia (BBC News / Alzheimer’s Society)

Summary There is a common self-fulfilling misconception that “Life ends when dementia begins”. A survey of GPs concerning patients suspecting / fearing that they could have dementia, conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society, reveals that more than half of such people … Continue reading

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Physical Exercise Versus Diet: Clarification of Public Health Messages (Myths?) on Obesity (BBC News / British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Summary An editorial written by experts in the British Journal of Sports Medicine asserts that although physical activity almost certainly does have a role to play in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia, it has … Continue reading

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Pressures Upon the NHS: Ongoing Questions About the Relationship(s) Between Proxy Targets and Underlying Standards (BBC News / Nuffield Trust)

Summary Patients increasingly wait longer for key services in many hospitals in England. A Nuffield Trust report investigates whether this is a significant problem. Full Text Link Reference Triggle, N. (2015). Best hospitals ‘now struggling to see patients’. London: BBC … Continue reading

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