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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 […]

Call for abusive care home owners to be penalised

Companies who own care homes in England where abuse is carried out should face unlimited fines and criminal sanctions.Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow has argued for new laws to ensure care providers are held criminally accountable for abuse and neglect on their premises. This would have tackled a “culture of cruelty” at the Winterbourne View […]

Postcode dementia care is disgraceful according to the Alzheimer Society

There is a “disgraceful” variation in the number of proportion with dementia being diagnosed across the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. About 800,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia, but most have not been diagnosed. Estimates by the charity suggest only 32% were diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire compared […]

Dementia care quality report is shocking

The first ever National Audit of Dementia found a “shocking” lack of care delivery.It found that care was often delivered in an impersonal manner, staff ignored patients’ requests for help and staff were not trained sufficiently in the care of dementia patients despite figures showing one in four hospital beds is occupied by people with […]

Eating fish could protect against Alzheimer’s

Eating fish could protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss – but only if it is baked or grilled, researchers have claimed.A study by US scientists found that elderly people who eat fish at least once a week are three to five times less likely to develop the conditions than people who did not. But […]

Amy Winehouse was killed by alcohol- the UK’s favourite drug

Death by misadventure was the verdict at the inquest of Amy Winehouse, who died in July.On the afternoon of July 23, the day Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27, a friend rang me with the sad news, saying: “Shows just how deadly heroin is, doesn’t it?” I replied that heroin certainly can be […]