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Dementia patients face Russian roulette in hospital

Dementia patients admitted to hospital in England play “Russian roulette” with their health, a charity is warning. The Alzheimer’s Society said it had found “shocking” evidence of poor and variable care during its review. The report, based on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, found problems with falls, night-time discharges and readmissions, and said standards needed […]

Ministers accused of failing to keep mental health pledge

A row over spending on mental health in England has broken out after Labour accused the government of failing to honour promises to boost funding. Freedom of information requests made by Labour to NHS commissioning bodies in England suggest on average mental health budgets fell in 2015-16. However, the Department of Health said it rejected […]

New drug may delay Alzheimer’s decline

New research of how a new drug could slow the pace of brain decline for patients with early stage Alzheimer’s disease have emerged. Data from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly suggests its Solanezumab drug can cut the rate of the dementia’s progression by about a third. The results, presented to a US conference, are being met […]

Dementia patients face unfair care tax

Dementia patients in the UK face an “unfair care tax” because they have to pay for most of the care they need themselves say experts. The Alzheimer’s Society found that on average, the equivalent of £32,242 a year was spent on care per patient, but the researchers said on average only a third – £10,784 […]

Dementia- priorities for avoidance and treatment

Dementia has been described as a “global disaster waiting to happen” and the biggest health and care problem of a generation.Someone is diagnosed with the disease every four seconds and cases are expected to soar from 44 million now to 135 million by 2050. The disease already costs the world £370 billion each year. This […]

Dementia care patchy- quango finds

The standard of care provided for people with dementia is “patchy”, the National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) has said. Some people with the condition were not getting even basic levels of care, it added. The warning came as NICE unveiled new standards for dementia care in England, covering issues such as housing and access […]

Dementia affects 80% of care home residents

More than 320,000 of the 400,000 people living in care homes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland now have dementia or severe memory problems, the Alzheimer’s Society charity estimates.It said the figure was almost 30% higher than previous estimates because of the rise in the ageing population and improvements in data collection. Of 2,000 adults […]

New brain scans can diagnose dementia by type

Researchers have found a way to diagnose different types of dementia using brain scans- without the need for invasive tests.US experts could accurately identify Alzheimer’s disease and another type of dementia from structural brain patterns on medical scans, Neurology reports. Currently, doctors can struggle to diagnose dementia, meaning the most appropriate treatment may be delayed. […]

Dementia deaths more than double in a decade- official figures show

The proportion of people dying of dementia has more than doubled in a decade, official figures show- and by 2021 one in eight of all deaths could be due to the brain disease.Every tenth woman in England and Wales now dies of dementia (10.3 per cent), according to mortality figures for 2011 from the Office […]

Curries to be tested for cancer cures

A chemical found in curry is to be tested for its ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients.Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has been linked to a range of health benefits. Studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in […]