Care Sector News Review: June
Welcome back for the June edition of our Care Sector News Review.
Each month, we'll bring you a collection of the most compelling stories relating to care services, medical research and awareness initiatives to keep you up-to-date on care sector news.
Read on to find out what's been happening in June:
- The Scottish Government has just launched new standards for health and social care. The standards have been developed with a view to improving peoples' experience of care and will come into effect in April 2018
- The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is consulting on a further set of proposals that will help mould health and social care regulations in England. The CQC has opened the floor to suggestions from the general public, with interested parties being encouraged to get in touch.
- Oxfordshire GPs have been encouraged to reduce the number of prescriptions offered to elderly care home residents. The initiative aims to save £1.45 million for GP surgeries in the county, but critics have labelled the move a 'bribe'.
- Alzheimer's Society has committed almost £2 million to a group of UK universities, led by the University of Exeter. This grant is just part of the charity's single biggest research investment made to date, and will fund a research centre tasked with improving quality of life for people with dementia.
- A new study by the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology has found that extra virgin olive oil could help protect the brain against dementia. Consuming extra-virgin olive oil is thought to protect memory and learning abilities, whilst also reducing the formation of a number of Alzheimer's markers.
- An intensive new treatment for Multiple Sclerosis could help to halt the progression of the disease, according to a new study. The technique completely breaks down the immune system, which is then re-built using stem cells. Initial trials have yielded promising results.
- Researchers are one step closer to being able to determine which people with relapsing-remitting MS are most at risk of developing secondary progressive MS. Fatigue and leg problems were found to be key indicators.
- Initial results from a study testing brain cell implantation as a treatment for Parkinson's disease have shown initial promise. Currently undergoing animal trials, all participants have shown some signs of improvement 18 months on from the implant procedure.
- North Lincolnshire knitters have been helping dementia patients at their local hospital by crafting and donating knitted sleeves. These charmingly named 'twiddlemuffs' can help improve quality of life for people with dementia during a hospital stay.
- Hundreds of events are set to take place across the country on June 24th to mark Armed Forces Day. This is a big day for many older people, some of whom will be welcomed as guests of honour at veterans' events.
- June 19th - 23rd marked Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week. The initiative aims to shed light on the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and challenges that people with the condition face on a daily basis.
Join us again in the last week of July for the next edition of our Care Sector News Review.
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