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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd December 2016

Dementia could be as manageable as HIV and AIDS by 2025 thanks to advances in medication, according to the newly appointed director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI). Professor Bart De Strooper has suggested, when talking to the Press Association, that rather than curing dementia, new research will help us to better control it. Recently chosen to lead the UK DRI at University College...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st December 2016

Sauna bathing on a regular basis could be key to helping reduce the risk of dementia, according to a new study. Research carried out at the University of Eastern Finland found that men who used a sauna between four and seven times a week were around 66 per cent less likely to develop dementia. This link has not previously been investigated, but it seems that regular sauna use during a week leads...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th December 2016

Dementia rates could be falling across the UK, US and Europe, according to new research. A study has found that the number of older people in the US being diagnosed with a form of dementia has dropped, which supports similar findings across the UK and Europe. Published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the findings suggest that the dementia crisis may not be as bad as was initially thought....

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th December 2016

A new breakthrough in Alzheimer's disease research could allow scientists to move one step closer to developing effective treatments for dementia. A team from Aberdeen University has found that previous research is not correct, which could transform how the illness is looked it. Studies have, until now, suggested that two protein molecules, tau and amyloid, might contribute toward Alzheimer's...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th October 2016

Our brains lose their elasticity as we age, much like our skin, new findings have suggested.  The study from Newcastle University in collaboration with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro looked at the way the human brain folds, discovering that cortical folding alters with age.  By linking the change in brain folding to the tension on the cerebral cortex, it was discovered that tension on...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th September 2016

A new discovery could potentially make a huge difference to the lives of Alzheimer's sufferers and their families. Scientists based at a research facility in Zurich have recently discovered a drug that could slow down and stop the process of Alzheimer's disease, a progressive and degenerative disease, which causes gradual mental deterioration and decline in the elderly over a number of years. The...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2016

Research from Iowa State University has suggested that keeping your brain active into older age can help safeguard against the memory loss associated with conditions like Alzheimer's disease. The study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, identified a protein that is essential for building memories. The research team hope that measuring levels of this protein - neuronal...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th August 2016

A simple blood test to diagnose the onset of Alzheimer's disease could be one step closer, according to new research from Cardiff University. The study, funded by the Alzheimer's Society, involved experts from Cardiff University, King's College London and the University of Oxford. Researchers observed blood from nearly 300 people who had displayed the earliest signs of memory impairment. They...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th June 2016

Research from the University of Texas' Center for BrainHealth has found that strategy-based reasoning training can improve cognitive performance for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Characterised by a change in memory and decision-making capabilities, MCI is often considered a significant warning sign that a person may develop Alzheimer's disease in the future and lose further...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th June 2016

A new study has suggested that treatments used to control and manage diabetes could also be used to fight Alzheimer's disease. The research, conducted by the University of Aberdeen, looked at animal models and found that drugs currently used to control glucose levels in patients with diabetes could also work to alleviate the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Published in the...

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