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Brain deterioration caused by Alzheimer's has been delayed with a drug for the first time, researchers have announced. Scientists trialling a new treatment called LMTX managed to slow the progression of the disease over 15 months. The study found that when the drug was the only treatment patients took, it…
Simple eye and smell tests could be used to spot dementia years before sufferers experience memory symptoms, new research suggests. Researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology found a link between poor cognitive ability - a "clear warning sign" of the early stages of Alzheimer's -…
Researchers from the University of Kent are seeking volunteers to take part in a study on autism that should shed new light on the condition. Dr Toby Nicholson, of the University’s School of Psychology, is leading the research to compare thinking strategies in people with and without autism. The study…
Owning a pet dog reduces stress and significantly improves functioning in families who have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), new research has shown. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, and funded by the US-based Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, also…
New research launched by the University of Oxford says foster carers who have faced unproven allegations of abuse from the children they are caring for often have little support afterwards. The study drew on 190 records of unproven allegations against foster carers from all over England. It found that just…
A new report by Sheffield Hallam University has revealed that, despite an abundance of government recommendations on end of life care in England, there is uncertainty as to whether they have led to improvements in patient care. As the Government responds to the Review into Choice at the End of…
Research in Practice, working with the research teams at UEA and Warwick University, has launched a new open access website – Serious Case Reviews – to support the application of learning in practice from Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014. Published by…
New research from the universities of East Anglia (UEA) and Warwick reveals an increase in adolescents who died or were seriously injured in which abuse or neglect is thought to be involved. The research was commissioned by the Department for Education and is based on an analysis of 293 serious…
When considering admitting patients over the age of 65 for acute hospital care, alternatives such as hospital at home, admission to a local community hospital or extended stays and treatment in A&E are a viable option say researchers from the University of Bristol and the University for the West of…
Realistic workloads and ongoing emotional support are essential if social workers are to manage stress and perform their job effectively, according to new research by the University of East Anglia. The study by the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) examined the relationship between emotional intelligence - the…
Valuable research at a North East university is in danger of not going ahead because of a lack of voices from a too often silent population. Male domestic violence is an issue that, as with any domestic violence, causes psychological harm such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. The difference…
‌Old age can be a challenge, confronting people with profound changes that include the loss of loved ones, failing health and the looming end of their own lives. Can the experience be eased by mental health practitioners who use therapeutic techniques associated with “spirituality”? The issue is explored by two…