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GPs set to stop steroid inhalers

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From the Pulse
GPs set to take half a million COPD patients off steroid inhalers
GPs are being urged to review all their patients with COPD who are taking inhaled steroids in light of new treatment guidelines, with UK experts estimating that as many as half a million patients who are currently prescribed the inhalers should be taken off them.

Under the new guidelines, from the international Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) network, GPs should avoid starting patients on inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy unless they have ongoing exacerbations that cannot be controlled with long-acting bronchodilator medications.
This marks a significant shift from previous guidelines, including the NICE guidance on COPD, which advise use of ICS inhalers at an earlier stage, and simply on the basis of poor lung function, experts said.
COPD treatment to be overhauled - and GPs are at the centre of it GOLD board member Professor David Halpin, a consultant respiratory physicia…

Alzheimers In People with DLB

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Evidence of Alzheimer's in patients with Lewy body disease tracks with course of dementiaDate:January 5, 2017Source:Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniaSummary:Patients who had a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease with dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies and had higher levels of Alzheimer's disease pathology in their donated post-mortem brains also had more severe symptoms of these Lewy body diseases during their lives, compared to those whose brains had less AD pathology.
FULL STORY High magnification photomicrographs of a tau tangle (left) and an alpha-synuclein Lewy body (right). Credit: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
High magnification photomicrographs of a tau tangle (left) and an alpha-synuclein Lewy body (right).

Patients who had a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) with dementia (PDD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and had higher levels of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology in their donated post-mort…

Our Wonderful carers

We have a brilliant NHS and police, fire services etc, but along with this we have another service, which is voluntary, and hardly gets a mention at times. This is our carers,  who never get mentioned largley because the media and the  Government don't really care, until it comes to award ceremonies, then they turn  up and praise those involved. But that's in front of television cameras etc. We hear about these carers who do wonderful jobs around the world, but many of these have their own individual health problems, which are largely ignored These people from young children, to the elderly,  do a brilliant job, mostly without any support what so ever from the social services  or the Governments These people save Governments millions of pounds each year, and hardly get as much as a thank you let alone payments for their role. Once a carer is retired, they lose their benefits altogether, even though they are still doing the same caring role, and that to me is disgusting Many y…

Not a good memory week

It's been a rough week all round, and I am pleased it's over with now.
I found that I struggled with many things including basic cooking, apart from the microwave food,  and that was hard to accept.
I now realise that I am restricted in what I am able to do on my own, so I may have to think carefully , next time my wife needs to go away for a few days
Even doing simple things like bacon and eggs, scrambled eggs and omelette were a nightmare. It all looked like some war zone I remember turning the scrambled eggs over in the glass dish, and it all stayed firmly in the dish, and did not move. I thought it was there to stay, but I managed to get it out. 
After years of doing this on my own, I was a little shocked at how things turned out.
I used to, love cooking, but realise that it's a no go area these days.
But I guess it's because I cannot plan things out, and time them as I used to
Still life goes on, and the boss is back home again, so the food will not look li…

Improving Vascular Dementia

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New Guidelines for Improving Research into Vascular Dementia + by Dr. Meenakshy Varier on  January 19, 2017 at 1:39 PM Health Watch   - GJE4 Share