Healthy Living

APPROVAL VERY CLOSE FOR NEW ALZHEIMER’S TREATMENT  (03/11/20)

The first drug to halt Alzheimer’s Disease could be offered to patients in Britain within a year. The drug is called aducanumab and it differs from other treatments now being given in that it doesn’t just mask symptoms but actually halts the progression of the disease by helping to untangle clumps of plaque in the brain. Trials have shown that patients given the new drug have benefited from improvement in language skills, slower memory loss and better awareness of time and place.

The drug has entered the final stage of testing before being licensed in the USA and it is hoped and expected that the approval of it for use in Europe can be fast tracked. There is a good chance that the drug will be available to patients in UK in less than a year.

BREAKTHROUGH DRUG TO TREAT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE (11/08/20)

A new drug that is hoped can halt the development of Alzheimer’s disease is being fast tracked for approval. Researchers claim that if used on patients showing early signs of dementia the drug will slow or even halt the disease before incapacity results.

The name of the drug is aducanumab. Drugs currently given to Alzheimer patients merely mask symptoms but the new drug works in a very different way. It works by helping to untangle clumps of plaque in the brain. Charities supporting Alzheimer’s sufferers are expressing their delight at the news of this treatment breakthrough.

Samantha Benham-Hermetz, a senior executive for Alzheimer’s Research UK has said, “ People affected by Alzheimers have waited a long time for a life-changing treatment and today’s announcement offers hope that one could be in sight.”

ASBESTOSIS  (03/10/17)

In another FRS area, a number of former firefighters have been diagnosed with respiratory illnesses and some appear to be related to Asbestos.  Alas, some consultants/doctors are not willing to put Asbestosis on sickness declarations and usually only declare the complaint to be Fibrosis or similar.  Unless you get the consultant/doctor to change this to Asbestos you will not be successful with any claim for industrial injury.  So PLEASE emphasise that you served in the FIRE SERVICE and the importance of their completion of the paperwork with Asbestos being the cause of your ailment. 

SEPSIS KILLS MORE THAN 37,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR, IN THE UK ALONE  (21/02/17)

SPOT IT – TREAT IT – BEAT IT

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Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and the British Heart Foundation is leading the fight against it.  They were founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals wanting to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

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Change your life. Join Heart Matters.

Heart Matters is their free membership service.  Whether you have been diagnosed with a heart condition or want to keep your heart healthy, joining Heart Matters is a great place to start.

Change your life now. Join Heart Matters for free support.  To access, click on the following link.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how-we-help/information/heart-matters.aspx

AgeUK_22The number of older people in Wiltshire is growing.  For many of us, later life can be an active and fulfilling experience.  However, there are thousands of local older people and their families who contact Age UK Wiltshire each year for help.  It may be for a bit of information and advice or for practical support at a time of real crisis.  Age Concern can provide a wide range of information, advice and services.  This includes an extensive selection of literature.  These are a few examples:

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To access the website, click on the following link:

https://www.ageukwiltshire.org.uk

Previous Articles

The following previously published articles are still available to view:

ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM (AAA) SCREENING
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AVOIDING SKIN CANCER
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SHINGLES VACCINATION
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