Tag Archives: University of Exeter Medical School

Questions Raised About Prescribing Painkillers for Dementia Patients (BBC Radio Four)

Summary An investigation into the role of big pharma in the international opioid crisis, from BBC Radio 4, touches upon questions about the ethics and suitability of pain management embedded semi-routinely in care for persons with dementia: Full Audio Link … Continue reading

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Low Socio-Economic Status: a Possible Dementia Risk Factor? (JAMA Psychiatry / The Mental Elf)

Summary Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing was used to analyse potential associations between markers of socioeconomic status (wealth quintiles and the index of multiple deprivation) and the incidence of dementia. It appears that dementia incidence is associated with low levels of … Continue reading

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NICE Guidance on Best Interests Decision-Making and Mental Capacity: Theory and Practice? (NICE / British Journal of Psychiatry)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released a guideline covering decision-making in adults, over 16 years of age, who may lack capacity. The aim to support people to exercise their own decision-making where they have the capacity, and … Continue reading

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Understanding the Basics of Care and Support: a Tale of Two Cultures? (JCN)

Summary A systematic review, concerning the effectiveness of nursing interventions for patients’ nutrition, elimination, mobility and hygiene needs, discovered numerous inadequacies in the quality of evidence. This is perhaps reflective of an age-old culture divide between “doers” and “thinkers”. “The … Continue reading

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Management of BPSD in Alzheimer’s Disease (International Psychogeriatrics)

Summary A recent review examines current and emerging treatments for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in Alzheimer’s Disease. This research was first aired at the 2015 International Psychogeriatric Association Meeting. The consensus view is that non-pharmacological approaches are … Continue reading

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One More Genetic Link in the Longevity Enigma? (BBC News / Sanger Institute / Nature Communications)

Summary People living in the isolated Greek villages of Zoniana and Anogia have a noted tendency to live well into old age. They have a lower than expected incidence of cardiovascular disease, including heart problems, heart attacks and stroke. It … Continue reading

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