A study from Taiwan has found an association between the use of statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) and reduced dementia risk. In this large study of older adults, researchers recorded people’s first prescription of statins and looked at their later development of dementia – comparing statin users with non-statin users. Read more here.
Volunteers are an essential part of research and as health journalists, we are often asked to publicise different research projects that are seeking participants to test hypotheses. These projects can range from those investigating the value of specific nutrients on conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease to those testing new cancer drugs to those monitoring the long term health of the general population. Read more here.
A new method for measuring delirium severity in older adults has been developed by researchers from Harvard, Brown, and UMASS. The new scoring system, CAM-S, is based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and standardises the measurement of delirium severity for both clinical and research uses. Details of this study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Delirium is defined as the sudden onset of confusion or change in mental status that is often brought about by physical illness, surgery, or hospitalisation.
A new BBC series Protecting our Parents reveals multiple issues with the fragmented systems of health and social care. There are, the first programme explains, more pensioners than children living in Britain today: the intimate personal crises filmed at Heartlands hospital demonstrate the myriad ways the health and social care systems attempt to treat and support people despite not being designed to cope with the rapidly increasing demand.
A new report (Monday 14 April 2014) funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion. It also finds that a lack of information about social exclusion hinders the effectiveness of policies and programmes aimed to help those older people most in need.
Older people without dementia but who are starting to have memory and thinking problems may have a lower risk of dying from cancer, according to a paper in Neurology. People with dementia are less likely to develop cancer also. The study involved 2,627 people age 65 and older in Spain who did not have dementia at the start of the study. Read more here.
Older people taking painkillers/anti-inflammatories appear to be at a higher risk of having a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat, according to a study by the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, published online today in the BMJ Open journal. Read more here.
A new report (Monday 14 April 2014) funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion.