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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th August 2018
Exercising for health is a good idea at any age, but new evidence suggests that just ten minutes of brisk walking a day can have a big impact on the over-60s. Scientists at the University of Bristol found that such activity can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Many of the cardiovascular risk factors, such as cholesterol, inflammation and blood clots, were decreased by the bursts of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th August 2018
Around 8.5 million people suffer from osteoarthritis in the UK and many of them are elderly. One of the problems associated with treating the condition is that it’s not until symptoms develop that a diagnosis is made. That could all change, however, with the introduction of a blood test that can detect osteoarthritis two years prior to symptoms becoming evident. Protein fragments released into...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th August 2018
Being a caregiver to a person with dementia has many challenges, but among them is finding the time to look after yourself. A recent study found that while many of those in this position perceived their sleep as poor, the quality of their rest was in fact even worse. In excess of 90 per cent of those caring for a relative with dementia experience poor sleep. This is according to research carried...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st July 2018
A new Alzheimer’s drug has been hailed as the biggest hope in fighting the condition seen in the last 15 years. Researchers in the UK have had “spectacular” results in clinical trials of the antibody compound BAN2401. It works by inhibiting the build-up of the toxic protein in the brain that leads to deterioration in the organ. This in turn slows the mental decline in patients, therefore offering...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd July 2018
Applying ultrasound waves to the brain could be a revolutionary new way to treat dementia. The technique, which has been developed by scientists  at Tohoku University in Japan, has been found to improve cognitive function in those with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed that using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) improves blood vessel formation and nerve cell...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th July 2018
Getting over a major depressive order becomes harder with age, according to a new study by researchers at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. They found that elderly people are more likely to have severe and persistent symptoms than their younger counterparts. Data was collected and analysed relating to 1,042 adults between the ages of 18 and 88 who had all suffered with a major depressive...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th July 2018
Tackling Alzheimer’s disease is a multifaceted issue, but among the biggest obstacles to overcome is not being able to see the origins of the condition. This may be about to change after researchers at Purdue University in the US developed a super-resolution nanoscope. The device not only presents a 3D view of the molecules in the brain, but it does so at a resolution ten times higher than...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th July 2018
The average person’s lifespan could be expanded, and their overall health improved into old age with two drugs that are already available. These are the findings of a new study carried out by a team consisting of members from both the Mayo Clinic and the National Institute on Aging (NIA). As part of the ageing process, more cells start to release toxic chemicals, which in turn leads to many of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th June 2018
Declining eyesight is an issue for many elderly people and, while not being able to see properly causes a detrimental effect in itself, it could have more far reaching consequences. Poor vision can lead to a lack of stimulation and therefore a loss in cognitive capacity, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Miami have looked into the deterioration of quality of life as people...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th June 2018
The relatives of people with dementia could have their minds put an ease with a new proposal to help keep an eye on their loved ones. Slippers fitted with a GPS tracker could soon become available from the NHS. It comes after many incidences of dementia sufferers wandering off without telling anybody where they’re going. What’s more, they do not know themselves and can become disorientated and...

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