Reading Magnifier

Reading Magnifier

Eschenbach Minas Lux LED Magnifying Lamp   This is an ideal device for helping anyone who is having difficulty reading books, packaging, labels, etc. It was pointed out to us by one of our clients who had recently received it as a gift to help her read. Its made by a company called Eschenbach and is called the Menas Lux. It operates by sliding over the letters and magnifying the corresponding text. It can also be lit for use in darker conditions. It is quite pricy (around £60) but having seen it in operation, it certainly works very well....
Drug compound halts Alzheimer’s-related damage in mice

Drug compound halts Alzheimer’s-related damage in mice

from sciencedaily.com In some people, the normal brain protein tau collects into toxic tangles that damage brain cells and contributes to diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Now, researchers report that they have found a drug can lower tau levels and prevent some of the neurological damage. The findings suggest a potential treatment for tau-related neurodegenerative diseases. Under ordinary circumstances, the protein tau contributes to the normal, healthy functioning of brain neurons. In some people, though, it collects into toxic tangles that damage brain cells. Such tangles are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.  But researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that levels of the tau protein can be reduced — and some of the neurological damage caused by tau even reversed – by a synthetic molecule that targets the genetic instructions for building tau before the protein is made. The study, in mice and monkeys, is published Jan. 25 in Science Translational Medicine. The findings suggest that the molecule — known as an antisense oligonucleotide — potentially could treat neurodegenerative diseases characterized by abnormal tau, including Alzheimer’s. “We’ve shown that this molecule lowers levels of the tau protein, preventing and, in some cases, reversing the neurological damage,” said Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, the David Clayson Professor of Neurology and the study’s senior author. “This compound is the first that has been shown to reverse tau-related damage to the brain that also has the potential to be used as a therapeutic in people.”...
Excitement at new cancer treatment

Excitement at new cancer treatment

From the BBC Website: A therapy that retrains the body’s immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission. White blood cells were taken from patients with leukaemia, modified in the lab and then put back. Experts said the trial was exciting, but still only “a baby step.” The news bubbled out of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Washington DC. The lead scientist, Prof Stanley Riddell from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, said all other treatments had failed in these patients and they had only two-to-five months to live. He told the conference that: “The early data is unprecedented.” Full Story...
Advice Line For Older People Launched in Forth Valley

Advice Line For Older People Launched in Forth Valley

A new health and social care advice line has been be rolled out across Forth Valley to help older people remain well at home. It has been developed by NHS Forth Valley and its three council partners following feedback which highlighted that older people prefer to stay in their own homes. The dedicated 24/7 phone line, which is known ALFY (Advice Line For You), is operated by experienced nurses who are able to listen to callers’ concerns and make sure they receive the right help and support. This could range from offering general reassurance and advice on a wide range of health issues, to signposting callers to relevant emergency social work, voluntary or local services. Staff are also able to book appointments to attend a rapid access frailty clinic at Forth Valley Royal Hospital where a number of tests or assessments can be carried out or arrange for a community nurse to visit an older person at home if required. The service can be accessed by calling 01324 567247  is aimed at people aged 65 and over. It is estimated it could benefit around 54,000 older people in the Forth Valley area as well as friends, family members and other people who may care for them. NHS Forth Valley has also written to around 3,800 older people across Forth Valley who they think could particularly benefit from this new...