World Alzheimer’s Month 2014

World Alzheimer’s Month 2014

September 2014 sees the third international campaign to raise awareness through World Alzheimer’s Month.  This year the theme is ‘Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?’ and looks at how we can adopt healthier brain lifestyles.

Some useful websites andopendementia elearning resources.

Updates from NICE: Eyes on Evidence

This month in Eyes on Evidence

Acid-suppressive drugs and oesophageal adenocarcinoma in Barrett’s oesophagus
A systematic review and meta-analysis indicates that proton pump inhibitors reduce the risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma and high-grade dysplasia in people with Barrett’s oesophagus.

Prescriptions for anxiolytics and hypnotics and risk of death
A population-based cohort study in UK primary care suggests that people who are prescribed anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs have a significantly increased risk of death from any cause over a 7-year period.

Assessment and treatment of dementia in older adults
A systematic review finds that brief cognitive assessment tools can adequately detect early dementia, but whether interventions for mild cognitive impairment or early dementia have a clinically significant effect is unclear.

Bedtime schedules and children’s cognition and behaviour
Two analyses of 7-year-olds in the UK Millennium Cohort Study suggest that not having a regular bedtime is associated with impaired cognition in girls and behavioural difficulties in both girls and boys.

Trained glycaemia alert dogs for people with type 1 diabetes

A small UK intervention study suggests that trained glycaemia alert dogs may be able to notify people with type 1 diabetes during blood glucose variations.

NICE opens consultation on the NICE Accreditation Process Manual Update
NICE is inviting comments on its proposals to update the NICE Accreditation Process Manual.

Evidence Updates

NICE has recently published Evidence Updates on:

  • Physical activity and the environment
  • Autism in adults
  • Opioids in palliative care

News from NHS Networks – Acute

NHS England will transfer £1,100 million from the mandate to local authorities.
The number of opiate and crack cocaine users in England has fallen again according to independent research published by Public Health England.
Action to tackle smoking, drinking, sedentary behaviour and poor diet could reduce the risk of dementia in later life alongside other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and many cancers, according to the UK Health Forum and Public Health England..
NHS England has issued guidance to trusts with inpatient beds on publishing staffing data on NHS Choices.
Many more news topics available from NHS Networks

Dementia Resource Toolkit survey

Please help by completing this online survey

The National Skills Academy for Health is focussed on providing practical, high quality training and skills development support for the healthcare support workforce. Following a number of requests from the sector we are looking at developing a resource toolkit to support the embedding of good #dementia care and awareness across the health sector.

We would really appreciate your feedback and ideas on what a dementia resource toolkit would look like and whether you think it would be something you would find useful. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey – your feedback is important to us and much appreciated.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1615928/Dementia-Toolkit-Research

The Spring 2014 : The End of Life Journal is now online

The Spring 2014 issue of the free journal for nurses caring for dying people at home, in hospitals and care homes is now available online.  This issue is mobile-friendly making it easier to read on your mobile device or tablet.

Articles include

CLINICAL PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT

NURSING CASE REVIEW

LEGAL DISCUSSIONS

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

Grand Round: 19 March 2014

On Wednesday, 19th March 2014, the Grand Round will feature a presentation by Rachel Ruddy, entitled ‘Dementia.

The lecture takes place at 1:00pm in the lecture theatre, 1st Floor, Macclesfield District General Hospital. It will be preceded by a hot buffet from 12:15pm, this meeting is sponsored by Astra Zeneca. Due to only having one sponsor the food will be limited.

Next week , the Grand Round topic on Wednesday, 26th March 2014 will be a presentation by Dr I Losa entitled ‘Recent advances in immunisation’.