Manchester prof named new dementia tsar

MEMORY MASTER: Prof Alistair Burns

THE DEPARTMENT of Health has appointed an University of Manchester professor as the new national clinical director for dementia.

Prof Alistair Burns will promote better care of people with dementia within the NHS and social care communities and provide leadership for the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy.

An ecstatic Prof Burns said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the post of national clinical director for dementia.

“In the past few years, there has been a great deal of public interest in dementia and several influential initiatives, in particular the National Dementia Strategy. The challenge, now, is to build on this to make a real positive difference to people with dementia, their families and carers. I very much look forward to working with colleagues to realise this ambition.”

The university’s expert on old age psychiatry, Prof Burns developed the South Manchester Memory Clinic which provides specialist assessment and diagnosis for people with memory problems.

He is also an instrumental part of the Old Age Psychiatry General Hospital liaison service and helped establish a Dementia Drug Treatment clinic.

“Alistair’s experience of dementia services gives him a unique understanding of what works for people with the condition and their carers,” said care services minister Phil Hope, “I am confident that he will help drive up standards of care across the country and look forward to working with him to build the best possible services for people with dementia.”

Dementia is one of the main causes of disability in later life, ahead of some cancers, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Prof Burns, who also has an international reputation in research with nearly 300 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and 25 books, will work closely with the new national clinical director for older people Prof David Oliver to ensure strong leadership in shaping the future of services for an ageing population.

About 700,000 people have dementia in the UK and this number will rise to 1,000,000 in the next 10 years. The disease currently costs the economy around £17billion per year.

One in three people aged over 65 will die with a form of dementia.


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  1. The pretentious hospital chaplains.. While visiting my father in the hospital I next saw 5 fly by church Priests come to visits the sick patients in the hospitals, and they spend a minute or two with them, and they really, basically did not much good to any of the patients they had visited. One of these clearly visibly useless priests visiting a sick patient did not even recognize another member of his own congregation in the same room, and of course he did not even know his name. How the church has become an impersonalized show, merely a financial business it seems today. A decent, good, chaplain can maybe help in this matter by first even taking the time to know, listen, hear the patient’s original concerns.

    Now many of us already do now about the all too-common Medical PATIENT killers like: -MEDICATION MISTAKES. Wrong pills! Which can cause long term memory losses too now.

    Vicodin is a tablet containing a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Vicodin is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone may be habit-forming Vicodin can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you do anything that requires you to be awake and alert or if you drive . On June 30, 2009, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted by a narrow margin to advise the FDA to remove Vicodin and another painkiller, Percocet, from the market because of “a high likelihood of overdose from prescription narcotics and acetaminophen products”. The panel cited concerns of liver damage from their acetaminophen component, which is also the main ingredient in commonly-used nonprescription drugs such as Tylenol Each year, acetaminophen overdose is linked to about 400 deaths and 42,000 hospitalizations Before using Vicodin, NOTE if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have: asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders; Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, antidepressants, or seizure medication can next also add to sleepiness caused by hydrocodone, or could slow your breathing.

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