Neglect common in English care homes

The largest-ever survey of care home staff in England, led by UCL researchers, has found that neglectful behaviours are widespread. For the study, published today in PLOS ONE, care home staff were asked anonymously about positive and negative behaviours they had done or had witnessed colleagues doing. Dr Claudia Cooper (UCL Psychiatry), the study’s lead […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for new approach to prevent delay in future dementia treatments

March 21, 2018 New analysis from Alzheimer’s Research UK shows the UK health system will need to think differently to cope with the unique challenges presented by future dementia treatments. In a report published today (21 March), the UK’s leading dementia research charity reveals that the NHS could face significant practical and financial challenges in […]

Atrial fibrillation patients could reduce risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention drugs

March 19, 2018 Patients with atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention medications, according to recommendations published online today in EP Europace, a European Society of Cardiology journal, and presented at EHRA 2018. The international consensus document was also published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society […]

Review reveals essential themes for successful care transitions for persons with dementia

March 16, 2018 For older adults with multiple chronic conditions and complex care requirements, transitioning between levels of care and across care settings is common. It is well understood that high-quality transitional care is important for both the well-being of the older adult and for family caregivers. While there has been an increased focus on […]

Dementia patients do not undergo diagnostic evaluation at onset of disease, study finds

March 15, 2018 A study conducted by a multidisciplinary Spectrum Health neurology team has found that dementia patients are not undergoing evaluation at the onset of the dementia process, a delay that prevents early, beneficial treatment. The study also suggests that home-based, patient-centered care may improve early screening and detection of dementia. Researchers retrospectively reviewed […]

Researchers uncover link between Parkinson’s disease mutations and plaque formation in the brain

March 15, 2018 Working with lab-grown human brain cells, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have uncovered a much sought-after connection between one of the most common genetic mutations in Parkinson’s disease and the formation of fatty plaques in the brain thought to contribute to the destruction of motor neurons that characterize the disease. The mutation […]