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Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for organisations charged with delivering it, according to a National Assembly committee. Worth around £125 million pounds a year the programme…
A pioneering new golf project that enables people to continue enjoying their golf when diagnosed with dementia is set to launch in Scotland. With the support of Life Changes Trust and Mearns Golf Academy, Golf In Society will be piloting golf days that keep people living well at their local…
A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to diagnose her bladder cancer, according to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The Ombudsman concluded that with prompt and proper investigations, Mrs…
Statins are "safe and effective", one of the nation's top doctors has said, after new research shed light on why people are concerned about taking the drugs. Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said that patient concerns over statins are "understandable", but that research shows…
An elderly widower who was diagnosed with dementia after his wife was hit by a car said discovering the latest technology has given him a new lease of life. David Stace (pictured) said he will never forget the moment he saw Pamela, his beloved partner of more than 40 years,…
In what is believed to be one of the largest "product liability" group actions in the UK, a group of 312 claimants brought High Court proceedings against manufacturer DePuy over allegations relating to the failure of metal-on-metal implants. The four-month hearing - which centred on Pinnacle Ultamet implants - concerned…
New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors helped…
Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that the 20% most deprived adults were 50% more likely to develop dementia…
Health inspectors have told a hospital trust it must do more to protect patients after an elderly woman is thought to have accidentally swallowed cleaning fluid and died. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals said Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust must take further steps to protect people in its…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
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