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Social care manager: I want my work to matter and to make a difference

A senior manager in local government describes the challenges facing the sector and compares his own situation with that of a care worker on a zero-hours contract<p>I am a senior manager in local government. I earn around £70-75k per annum, receive 35 days annual leave a year and have a pension that I …

How to get ahead in ... dementia care

A new guide designed exclusively for the social care workforce aims to spread best practice in supporting family carers of people with dementia<p>Daphne Zackon says it was the most difficult decision of her life when she realised that her husband Barney would have to move out of their home into …

Plan to use hidden cameras to monitor care homes

Cameras and 'mystery shoppers' could be used to monitor services provided to elderly and mentally ill people<p>Hidden cameras could be used to monitor the services provided by care homes under plans being considered by the health and social care watchdog in England.<p>Other ideas include the use of …

My dementia opera: 'It is a story about being human'

In writing The Bargee's Wife, an opera about dementia, librettist Karen Hayes found inspiration and beauty in the sounds of silence<p>The silence at the centre of a room full of people with dementia can be profound.<p>Last year, composer John O'Hara and I spent a week working in two residential care …

Dementia risk tied to blood sugar level, even with no diabetes

Related images<br>(click to enlarge)<p>A joint Group Health-University of Washington (UW) study in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> has found that higher …

Artists 'better protected' against dementia, study finds

Music and art are less vulnerable to cognitive decline, Canadian neurologists say<p>Art and music are less vulnerable to cognitive decline, a new …

High blood sugar levels are risk factor for dementia

A study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> found the risk of developing the neurological disease rose in step with rising levels of …

Do Animals Get Dementia? How to Help Your Aging Pet

<b>A couple of months ago we told you how the age of certain wild animals is determined. Since then, some of you wondered about age-related changes in those animals.</b><p>Now that it’s September, aka World Alzheimer’s Month—Alzheimer’s disease accounts for up to 80 percent of all dementia cases, in which …

Dementia

A new dementia agenda

By 2050, millions of people in the UK are expected to be living with dementia, so how can we ensure those with the condition lead a better quality of life?<p>As the UK population ages, increasing numbers are living with dementia. Some 800,000 people are already affected – and that number is set to …

An App to Help Doctors Diagnose Dementia

Doctors can now reduce the process of testing for dementia from three years to 10 minutes.<p>Cantab, a new iPad app from Cambridge Cognition, is …

Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

If you're having chest pain, your doctor can test you for a heart attack. If you're having hip pain, your doctor could test for osteoarthritis.<p>But what if you're depressed? Or anxious? Currently there are no physical tests for most disorders that affect the mind. Lab tests like these could …

Mysteries of 'obesity gene' revealed, could yield new ways to fight hunger

An obesity gene that affects one in every six people could be partially treated thanks to a new study that's finally determined how it works. Researchers led by Rachel Batterham at University College London were looking into an obesity gene, known as FTO, and found that it caused people with a …

CDC: Hard-hitting anti-smoking ads save lives

Graphic advertisements, featuring real people living with debilitating and disfiguring effects from smoking, are saving lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>New research published in "The Lancet" medical journal suggests the first series of ads in the "Tips from Former …

During Katrina, 'Memorial' Doctors Chose Who Lived, Who Died

On Aug. 30, 2005, a doctor climbed the stairs through a New Orleans hospital to the helipad, which was rarely used, and so old and rusted it wasn't even painted with the hospital's current name.<p>From that helipad over Memorial Medical Center, the doctor looked out over New Orleans, now flooding …

The Case Of The Girl Who Couldn't Feel Pain

A team of European researchers finds the genetic mutation responsible for a subject's inability to feel pain.<p>"Index Subject 1"—the anonymous girl or woman who participated in this new study—is unusual in a couple of ways. For one thing, she cannot feel pain. It's a dangerous condition for her. …

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it.<p>Crohn's partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS in …

New hope for treating cancer? Patterns seen in 12 types of tumors

Examining the molecular profiles of tumors from 12 different types of cancers, scientists working with the National Institutes of Health-backed Cancer Genome Atlas said Thursday they had found striking similarities between tumors originating in different organs.<p>Their discoveries, made possible by …

Cancer

Married cancer patients are 20 percent more likely to beat the disease

Marriage just might save your life: A new study finds that married cancer patients are 20 percent more likely to survive their disease than people who are not married.<p>Married cancer patients were also more likely to be diagnosed before the disease had widely spread, and, perhaps most importantly, …

Cancer

FDA Approves First Pre-Surgical Drug to Treat Breast Cancer

Just in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the FDA has green-lighted the drug Perjeta for use prior to surgery<p>Exciting news in the fight against breast cancer: Yesterday, on the eve of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated …

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