Tag Archives: University of Oxford

No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Recently Published Resources on Falls Prevention – In the Community and in Hospitals (BMJ / NHS Improvement / NIHR / JAMA Internal Medicine)

Summary There are uncertainties about the effectiveness of environmental interventions to reduce risk of falls among older persons living in the community. A BMJ systematic review covers the options, coming down in favour of occupational therapist-led environment risk assessments and … Continue reading

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Antidepressants Not Recommended for Depression in People With Dementia (NIHR Signal / Cochrane Database)

Summary A National Institute for Health Research “Signal” expert commentary refers to a systematic review which indicates that antidepressants are unsuitable / unhelpful for the treatment of depression in persons living with dementia. Full Text Link Reference Antidepressants do not … Continue reading

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Cardiovascular Health in Old Age Associated With Reduced Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia (NHS Choices / JAMA)

Summary Fresh evidence from France suggests that favourable cardiovascular health metrics – measured using the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Life’s Simple 7 Metrics tool – and higher cardiovascular health scores, are associated with a lower risk of developing dementia and … Continue reading

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Regular Moderate Physical Activity Improves Mental Wellbeing? (BBC News / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary Regular physical exercise is linked with a lower self-reported burden of mental ill-health; although “too much” appears to be as harmful as too little activity. The optimal duration for physical activity would appear to be 45 minutes, between three … 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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Uncertainties Concerning the Efficacy of Interventions for Falls Prevention in Older People Living in the Community (Cochrane Database)

Summary A recent systematic review examines the possible benefits (or harms) of multifactorial and multiple component interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community. “Multifactorial interventions may reduce the rate of falls compared with usual care or … Continue reading

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