PhysioUpdate 24th August 2021


Spending money to fix potential fall hazards in Maori homes in New Zealand reaps dividends

A programme to remedy potential hazards in 126 properties housing Maori people in two regions of New Zealand proved to be worthwhile because fewer unintentional falls appeared to occur as a result.

That is the conclusion of paper based on a single-blind randomised control trial, which found that tackling safety issues in the homes saved money in the long run by cutting the number of falls that occurred in them. A similar number (128) of households with similar characteristics was assigned to a control group by the researchers.

 

Modifications included installing handrails and outside lighting, and repairing window catches

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'Widespread pain' linked to heightened dementia and stroke risk by China-based researchers

People who complain of having ‘widespread pain’ – a common subtype of chronic pain with links to musculoskeletal disorders – could be at a greater risk of developing dementia and having a stroke, and clinicians ned to know so that 'timely therapies' can be offered.

That is the conclusion of study written by two China-based researchers that was published online yesterday (16 August) by the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

The authors, Kanran Wang and Hong Lui from Center of Medical Reproduction at the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, say the association appears to exist independently of potentially influential factors – such as age, general health and lifestyle.

 

People with 'widespread pain’ could face greater risks of having dementia and stroke

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In a Q&A, NHS physio Chris Tuckett tells editor Ian A McMillan about the importance of communication

In an exclusive interview with PhysioUpdate, Chris Tuckett explains how he has always followed his interests when seeking out new roles in the NHS. Holding a post as an associate director representing about 1,000 AHPs at a busy NHS trust – while also being a dedicated father with young children and a firm advocate for improving public health – Chris shares some fascinating insights on developing a career path in the NHS.

'Walking the walk': Chris enjoys the great outdoors with his young son, Hector

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