Read original – Dementia prevention, intervention, and care – The Lancet

Register and read the original full text on dementia prevention, intervention and care published  by The Lancet. It recommends that acting now on dementia prevention, intervention, and care will vastly improve living and dying for individuals with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future for society.

Source: Dementia prevention, intervention, and care – The Lancet

Whilst this is a research article, it is highly readable with good summaries and graphics. Try reading the original rather than a sanitized version of the findings in the mainstream media.

The commission of experts have detailed evidence-based approaches to dementia and its symptoms. They recommend that services should be available, scalable, and give value. However, they caution that professionals and services need to use what works, not use what is ineffective, and be aware of the difference.

Optimistically, the conclusion is that there is good potential for prevention and, once someone develops dementia, for care to be high-quality, accessible, and give value to an underserved, growing population. It’s argued that effective dementia prevention, intervention, and care could transform the future for society and vastly improve living and dying for individuals with dementia and their families. They maintain that by acting now on what we already know can make this difference happen.

The article provides ten core thematic messages on dementia:

  1. The number of people with dementia is increasing globally
  2. Be ambitious about prevention
  3. Treat cognitive symptoms
  4. Individualise dementia care
  5. Care for family carers
  6. Plan for the future
  7. Protect people with dementia
  8. Manage neuropsychiatric symptoms
  9. Consider end of life
  10. Technology


Opinion – Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find – The Washington Post – John Gelmini

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English: one high-quality “bud ” nugget of marijuana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marijuana does not simply pass through the body as urine in the same way as alcohol but it remains in the brain where it causes people to lose their inner drive(“become mellow”) and destroys their work ethic and cognitive abilities if taken over time.

Skunk, the version which is 7 times more powerful than the “good S–T of the 1960’s and 1970’s, can cause people to become depressed, super aggressive and dangerously morose, so the idea that it is no more dangerous than not flossing one’s teeth is dangerous nonsense.

Dr. Alf has serious misgivings about this study and rightly so. I have seen the effects of excessive or even mild pot smoking and skunk consumption on people that I have known for many years, one of whom had to spend 1 year in a drug rehabilitation unit in Colindale, London, and emerged as a totally different person. We are not born with recreational drugs inside of us and should not put anything into our bodies other than food, water or medically prescribed substances when we are ill.

If we seek a “high” we should develop an enabling personal philosophy and get high on the air we breathe and on ourselves. We do not need a crutch to get through the vicissitudes of life and giving ourselves temporary quick fixes carry a price tag.

John Gelmini