‘The Future of Dementia Care’

The Annual Conference of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry will take place next month and has Professor Craig Ritchie presenting on “The Future of Dementia Care” The publicly available … Continue reading ‘The Future of Dementia Care’

Psychiatric medications and potential effects on cardiac rhythm

In the last month we have been having discussions at work about the potential for psychiatric medications to adversely effect cardiac rhythms, and in particular QTc prolongation.  The advice on ECG … Continue reading Psychiatric medications and potential effects on cardiac rhythm

Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

Dr Margaret McCartney in her recent ‘No Holds Barred” perspective set this challenge: “Here’s a game: try and find a doctor’s conflicts of interest. Set a timer, and give yourself … Continue reading Key opinion leaders and Industry: Snakes, ladders and Monopoly

“It deprives you of your identity, and supplies another, simpler one”

Submitted as a rapid-response to the BMJ, 6 March 2013: http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4670/rr/634772 As a psychiatrist for older adults I have noticed not just a scientific but also a cultural change in … Continue reading “It deprives you of your identity, and supplies another, simpler one”

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

This was published in the BMJ as a letter on the 18 October 2011: A ‘Position Paper’ by Dubois and colleagues suggests that certain biomarkers are now reliable enough to … Continue reading Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

Gin a body meet a body

Chapter Seven of ‘Repeats its Love’: Gin a body meet a body 1907. This was the year that colour came to Mavisbank Institution for the Nervous. It was the year … Continue reading Gin a body meet a body

Between you and me

Reply to Essay: Good news about the ageing brain published 17 October 2011 as:BMJ2011;343:d6288 http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6288 Rapid-response posted 4th November 2011: http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/08/between-you-and-me Between you and me: What a welcome contribution this … Continue reading Between you and me