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Problem drinking in midlife doubles the chance of memory problems in later life, says study

Posted on July 30th 2014
in Project update

White wine in glass

A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life.

The study highlights the hitherto largely unknown link between harmful patterns of alcohol consumption and problems with memory later in life – problems which may place people at a high risk of developing dementia.

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School with support from NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).

The research team studied the association between a history of alcohol...

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Professor Richard Byng discusses offender mental health with Western Morning News

Posted on July 28th 2014
in PenCLAHRC people, Project update

Professor Richard Byng discusses offender mental health with Western Morning News

PenCLAHRC Deputy Director, Professor Richard Byng, was the subject of this week's Sunday Essay in the Western Morning News.

In the piece, featured in the Sunday 27th July edition of the paper, Professor Byng discusses his research into the mental health of offenders and former offenders, in particular the Care for Offenders (COCOA) project, which reviewed the healthcare received by offenders across the prison system. He also discussed his recent work on the Engager project, seeks to develop an integrated approach to organising care for those preparing to leave prison. This innovative project includes ex-offenders as peer researchers in the research...

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Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care

Posted on July 15th 2014
in Project update

dementia gardens

A new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia, promoting relaxation, encouraging activity and reducing residents’ agitation.

Dementia is a global public health priority, with reports suggesting that 7.7 million new cases are identified each year. Almost half of the elderly people living in residential care have dementia or dementia symptoms, a figure which increases to more than three-quarters in nursing homes.

Led by NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), in conjunction with the University of Exeter Medical School, the systematic review also found that gardens could offer welcome spaces for...

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Patient-Initiated Clinics - a person-centred approach valued by patients and clinical staff

Posted on July 9th 2014
in Project update

GP consultation

In many cases hospital follow-up appointments for those with long-term conditions are made when the appointment diary can accommodate them. Often they do not take into account how a patient might be feeling at that time - they may be well and not need any active care. A partnership project between the NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) and the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) will see researchers, clinical teams and hospital managers coming together to address this issue.

The project builds upon previous work carried out with the rheumatology department at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. A study of...

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New app widens opportunities for dementia assessment

Posted on July 9th 2014
in Project update

Person on mobile phone

A team of clinicians from Plymouth and Sydney, Australia, have today launched ACEmobile - a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia.

The development of ACEmobile has been a collaboration between Professor John Hodges (Neuroscience Research Australia), Dr Rupert Noad (Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust), Dr Craig Newman and Professor John Zajicek (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry) and has been supported by funding from a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research grant, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula (also...

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