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From 17 April at the Tate Modern in London will host a spectacular exhibition of the works of artist Henri Matisse. The exhibition will feature a collection of cut-out artworks in a kaleidoscope of colours including some of the artist's most well known works the Blue Nude and Icarus. Nicola...
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Some areas of neurology have seen tremendous advances in recent decades; however, the current lack of curative treatments means that most patients eventually die with, and often from, their disease or injury. Although palliative and end-of-life care is increasingly being recognised as an important...
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The world’s population is getting older. Across the globe, people are living longer thanks to improvements in healthcare, nutrition and technology. This population shift brings with it incredible possibilities, but also a new set of challenges. How do we care for our elderly? In this TED talk...
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CARDI recently featured a blog entitled We need to talk about dementia.... Deirdre Shanagher from The Irish Hospice Foundation has written this reponse as a guest blog: “We need to talk about dementia…” (13 March 2014) raises very relevant points with regard to the current...
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A study from Taiwan has found an association between the use of statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) and reduced dementia risk. In this large study of older adults, researchers recorded people’s first prescription of statins and looked at their later development of dementia – comparing...
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Volunteers are an essential part of research and as health journalists, we are often asked to publicise different research projects that are seeking participants to test hypotheses. These projects can range from those investigating the value of specific nutrients on conditions such as diabetes or...
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The Department of Health and NHS England have launched a £400m programme for vulnerable older people to reduce pressure on accident and emergency wards. Their transforming primary care programme aims to help 800,000 people deemed to have the most complex needs. They are mostly expected to be...
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A new method for measuring delirium severity in older adults has been developed by researchers from Harvard, Brown, and UMASS. The new scoring system, CAM-S, is based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and standardises the measurement of delirium severity for both clinical and research uses...
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A new BBC series Protecting our Parents reveals multiple issues with the fragmented systems of health and social care. There are, the first programme explains, more pensioners than children living in Britain today: the intimate personal crises filmed at Heartlands hospital demonstrate the myriad...
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More than 2,000 elderly people a month are contacting a helpline over financial woes and loneliness. Senior Helpline – which is operated by the elderly advocate organisation Third Age – have been inundated with calls from vulnerable elderly people in the last three months. The voluntary...
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A new report (Monday 14 April 2014) funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion. It also finds that a lack of information about social exclusion...
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Health Minister Edwin Poots today said a major new report comparing healthcare systems across the United Kingdom’s four devolved governments demonstrates that Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland has made significant improvements.
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Health Minister Edwin Poots today said a major new report comparing healthcare systems across the United Kingdom’s four devolved governments demonstrates that Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland has made significant improvements.
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Older people without dementia but who are starting to have memory and thinking problems may have a lower risk of dying from cancer, according to a paper in Neurology. People with dementia are less likely to develop cancer also. The study involved 2,627 people age 65 and older in Spain who did not...
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The DHSSPS today released details of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care (HSC) Workforce Vacancies 30 September 2013 report.
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Older people taking painkillers/anti-inflammatories appear to be at a higher risk of having a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat, according to a study by the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, published online today in the BMJ Open journal. Read more here.
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Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention, little is being done to reduce their use, writes Dr Juanita Westbury, University of Tazmania...
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Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that people in their 70s are less aware of mistakes that they make than younger people. According to the findings, this may make it harder for older people to compensate for their mistakes. The study led by Dr Redmond O'Connell involved 106...
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Health Minster Edwin Poots will address Northern Ireland’s most senior health professionals today at the College of Emergency Medicine’s Unscheduled and Emergency Care Summit.
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Health Minister Edwin Poots has today recognised the important role that nurses play across the Health Service.

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