Ageing & Health

Study targets falling among the elderly


A University of Dundee study looking to develop a fresh approach to reducing falls among people in old age is asking for volunteers throughout Tayside.

The PREFACE study (Preventing Falls with ACE inhibitors) is looking at whether a group of commonly prescribed drugs known as ACE inhibitors, which are used for heart problems, may also improve muscles and balance and thus help reduce susceptibility to falls.

Knee pain study spreads following UK-wide interest


A novel research study about knee arthritis has been inundated with interest from across the country from older people living with knee pain and osteoarthritis who seek a safe treatment for reducing suffering and improving quality of life.

Researchers at the University of Dundee are examining the effects of spironolactone, an inexpensive and well known heart drug that has been on the market for over 40 years and which they believe may have potential to help people with osteoarthritis.

Dundee study refutes belief in Vitamin D


Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown.

Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people.

Previous research had suggested that Vitamin D could have a positive effect in controlling hypertension. The Dundee study included 159 participants in a randomised trial carried out over a year.

Dundee experts' stark warning


Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee.

Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of ‘boarding’ patients – moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate influxes of new patients – in an editorial published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

Move to Transform Health !


Marion McMurdo is Professor and Head of Ageing and Health at the University of Dundee and a consultant geriatrician. She leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers examining the role of exercise, physical activity and nutrition in sarcopenia and age-related functional decline. 

She is renowned for a highly successful track record in completing large clinical trials in frail older populations. She was appointed as UK Chair of the National Institute for Health Research Ageing Research group in 2009 and has published over 150 peer reviewed papers.

Why focus on single diseases when most people have multiple conditions ?


Bruce Guthrie is Professor for Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee Medical School where he leads the Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group - which conducts applied research to translate basic and clinical research into effective and reliable clinical practice. 

His main research interests are the quality and safety of healthcare, particularly in primary care and currently focused on prescribing, multimorbidity and the organisation of healthcare. 

Total Recall


Ros Langston on tackling the grand challenge of dementia

Dr Ros Langston studied rodent behavioural models of learning and memory, specifically episodic memory and schema learning. 

Understanding the Oldest Old

The fastest growing but vastly understudied age group, the over 85s, is the focus of a new book published by the leading charitable funder of ageing research, Age UK.

"Improving Later Life: Understanding the Oldest Old" is the first publication to specifically highlight research perspectives on this often neglected subgroup of society.

Age UK and the World Health Organsiation invited contributions from 30 leading researchers, including Professor Marion McMurdo, Head of Ageing and Health, College of Medicine Dentistry & Nursing at the University of Dundee.

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