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A blog about dementia including Alzheimers and associated conditions.

This week in health – 14 September 2018

14Sep

You might agree that health seems to have suddenly become a more popular topic than ever in the media, with breaking news stories almost every day. Here are a few that caught our attention here at talkhealth in the past … Continue reading

  

Health news round up

3Mar

There’s been quite a bit of interesting health news this week; from footballers and dementia, to artificial embryos and  ovarian cancer. Blood tests and ovarian cancer – doctors have revealed that a blood test every 4 months could help women that … Continue reading

  

Can a robot really help the elderly?

31Jan

You may have seen in the news that researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are using £2m of EU and Japanese funding to develop robots that will be culturally and socially aware, in order to help the … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Treatment for Skin Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; The Junior Doctors Dispute Wares On

19Apr

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered a number of positive health stories about potential breakthroughs in the treatment of deadly diseases including cancer. The potential good news continues this week, with the announcement of a new combination of drugs … Continue reading

  

Chronic Stress & Anxiety Can Damage The Brain Leading To Depression & Dementia

23Mar

A new scientific review paper warns that people must find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they could be increasing their risk for developing depression and even dementia in later life. The review was led … Continue reading

  

Live self determined-Die self determined

14Aug

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In my last blog I wrote about the process of Assisted Dying in Switzerland. A country I have loved to ski and walk in for many years and a country I feel very at home in, as do my two … Continue reading

  

To die with dignity?

9Aug

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In this weeks news was the story of a woman in her seventies who travelled to a clinic in Switzerland to take advantage of Swiss law, which allows  an individual to choose to end their life. The article suggested that … Continue reading

  

Living with Alzheimer’s

2Jul

Alzheimer’s diseaseis the most common type of dementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets progressively worse over time. Symptoms The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is short-term memory loss, where sufferers have difficulty remembering … Continue reading

  

NHS Accident and Emergency Update

7Jul

It has been some time since I last posted on Talk Health, the delay has simply been down to pressure of work and also I suppose partly a dearth of decent topics on which to expound. However I ended up … Continue reading

  

Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March

19Mar

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Water  – did you know that it’s the best fuel for a healthy life – and in fact one of the most precious and important commodities in the world? Water makes up 2/3rds of our body and therefore it is … Continue reading

  

Dementia biggest global health challenge facing our generation

5Dec

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In a policy brief launched today, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has announced that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million (estimated at 35 million in 2010) reaching 76 million in 2030 … Continue reading

  

Don’t depend on EHIC when travelling with a medical condition

4Sep

MedicalTravelCompared.com is a travel insurance comparison site specifically for over 65s and those with a pre-existing medical condition. The MedicalTravelCompared insurance panel currently comprises over 18 insurance products. Travellers complete a simple question set and a list of insurers, covers and premiums are returned. MedicalTravelCompared.com is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The FCA Number is 592298. www.MedicalTravelCompared.com 0844 887 2102

Warnings to UK travellers not to rely solely on the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for emergency treatment while they are on holiday should be heeded especially by people with pre-exiting medical conditions.  www.MedicalTravelCompared.com, the first stand-alone comparison site for … Continue reading

  

God, Please Help My Mother Die

31Jul

I am not a religious person.  I’m not even sure I believe in a higher power, let alone one true God.  Even so, for the past several years I often find myself praying. When I do pray, it is always … Continue reading

  

Ways to Care for a Loved One With Dementia

25Jun

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Individuals with dementia require more specialized care as their condition progresses. The disease affects various cognitive abilities of the brain.  The usual cause of dementia is ageing. However, medical conditions and injuries can also lead to progressive or static loss … Continue reading

  

The Alzheimer’s Person and Baby Doll Therapy

10Jun

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Those of us who are Alzheimer’s caregivers are used to seeing abilities ebb away. My mom — whom we call Mummy — was once a highly social person who always had to stay busy. Cooking and baking were her passions, … Continue reading

  

Alzheimers leaves clues in blood

4Jun

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With approximately 75% of the estimated 36 million Alzheimer’s sufferers worldwide yet to receive a reliable diagnosis, the potential impact on the lives of possible sufferers, present and future, could be huge. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease most frequently … Continue reading

  

Talking about dementia still too tough for half of us

21May

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Almost half of UK adults would find it difficult to tell their own family if they thought they had dementia according to a poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society published today (Tuesday 21 May).     The YouGov survey – released … Continue reading

  

First fully comprehensive free comparison website for care services goes live

2May

New online information profiles that will help people to choose, compare and comment on care homes and other care services is being launched today by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb. The new profiles, part of the NHS Choices … Continue reading

  

GPS tagging for dementia patients

1May

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Sussex police are piloting a scheme to tag dementia patients and Chief Inspector Tanya Jones has been quoted as saying “The GPS will be very cost-effective to the police. It will reduce anxiety for the family and really reduce the … Continue reading

  

Something’s Wrong With My Husband…

17Apr

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Written by Lyn McLaurine “Lyn, it’s the nursing home. We’re calling to talk about Bill’s rapid decline.”   Bill is adored at Prairie Sunset. He has become part of their family. Because of his young age (he just turned 58 … Continue reading