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Simple skin test may diagnose Alzheimer and Parkinson disease

Scientists have proposed a new simple idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Their work which is at an early stage- found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin. Early diagnosis is the key to preventing the loss of brain tissue […]

Delayed NHS hospital discharges reaches record high

Delays in discharging patients ready to leave NHS hospitals rose to record levels last month official figures show. Patients spent a total of 143,000 days in hospital when they should have been sent home. In a further sign of growing pressure on the system, the number of emergency admissions also reached record levels and indicate […]

Brain stimulation helps in stroke treatment

Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may improve recovery after a stroke new research suggests. Studies showed firing beams of light into the brains of mice led to the animals moving further and faster than those without the therapy. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, could help […]

Raised depression risks after Parkinson’s diagnosis

Depression and anxiety are twice as common in people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease compared with the general population new research suggests. Writing in the journal Neurology, US researchers say depression increases in frequency in Parkinson’s patients and is often left untreated. Previous research suggests that the disease’s impact on the brain can be a […]

Robin Williams’ death raises mental health debate

The sad death of Robin Williams has raised a wider debate about depression and how society deals with mental illness. Discussions have ranged around the sad circumstances of the Hollywood star’s suicide and the fact that he had suffered with depression for some years – and the news on this week that he may have […]

Legal highs review launched

A new review of legal highs could finally lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said. Legal highs – officially known as psychoactive substances – are synthetic drugs which can be bought online and sometimes in shops. The review follows concern drug laws are not flexible enough to tackle them. […]

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 […]

Paying for social care- Jeremy Hunt aims to bring clarity and affordability

Plans for a £75,000 cap on the amount the elderly will have to pay for social care in England will give people “greater peace of mind”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.Mr Hunt told MPs the current social care system was unfair and left many families facing “ruinous” costs. He also announced a rise from […]

New Meningitis B vaccine for killer strain of meningitis is licensed

A meningitis B vaccine that could save thousands of lives has been licensed for the first time, in a move hailed as the most important breakthrough in 30 years.The vaccine could soon be available privately and Government advisers are deciding if it should be introduced into the free NHS childhood vaccination programme. The jab, called […]