Helping older people in care homes and hospitals to avoid falls: new Cochrane evidence

We all know that falls can have very serious consequences for older people, and there are around three times as many falls amongst the over 65s in care homes and hospitals than out in the community. Back in the summer, I blogged about a Cochrane review on strategies to prevent falls in this population and this has [read the full story…]

Preventing falls in nursing homes and hospitals: what works?

Falls are a serious problem for older people. In one year, half of those aged over eighty will fall and about a third of those aged sixty-five to eighty. Falls can have significant mental and physical consequences and can reduce or even end an older person’s independence. This week, the charity Age UK has been running [read the full story…]

Chief Medical Officer highlights dangers of Vitamin D deficiency

If you think rickets is a thing of the past, think again. A condition caused by lack of vitamin D, affecting growing bones, rickets was widespread in 19th century Britain amongst the urban poor but died out in the early part of the last century. It is now appearing again, with several hundred cases of [read the full story…]