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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th June 2018
Some of the most common medicines used for treating Parkinson’s disease in the UK could lead patients into compulsive behaviour, it has been warned. Researchers at the Sorbonne University in Paris have found a link between the drugs and an inability to control irresistible urges. The dopamine agonists are thought to lead some Parkinson’s sufferers to become compulsive gamblers or binge eaters....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th June 2018
The elderly population should be taking probiotics to help prevent bone fractures, according to a new study. Research carried out by the University of Gothenburg found that supplementing diet with good bacteria can be particularly beneficial to the skeletons of older people. As we get older, we lose bone mass, but the scientists found that women in their seventies that took probiotics halved...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th June 2018
Early diagnosis for neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s represents the best opportunity for treatment. The first warning signs can be very subtle, however, and therefore often go unnoticed. Now, a joint study undertaken by Microsoft and Duke University has found that an everyday home computer could help relatives to spot the first indications that there might be...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th June 2018
A huge breakthrough in the battle to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has been achieved, which could see the condition reversed in the future. Up until now, the only treatment options that have shown any improvement have only worked when symptoms are diagnosed early. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a way to render the gene responsible for Alzheimer’s...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th May 2018
An alternative method of replacing joints in osteoarthritis sufferers has been proposed by a group of scientists in Scotland. The researchers at the University of Strathclyde are undertaking a three-year project to see how effective it could be to grow new hips, wrists and knees from medical waste. Some nine million people in the UK are thought to have osteoarthritis, which is caused when the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd May 2018
One third of pensioners in the UK are affected by medication harm, according to a new report. Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and King’s College London found that the elderly are often prescribed up to nine medications, which when combined can have a detrimental impact on health. Many of these patients are being discharged from hospital with a cocktail of drugs that can do them...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th May 2018
Robots could soon become a common sight in care homes across the country, as a new EU-funded trial scheme looks to take the strain off over-burdened carers. From September, a number of humanoid robots will be rolled out to see if they can fulfil the needs of residents, or whether the human touch is really necessary. The £2.5 million initiative will involve four-foot robots, known as Pepper, which...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th May 2018
Alzheimer’s patients are being encouraged to take part in medical trials, as it not only helps to advance science, but could aid their wellbeing too. People who agree to try out drugs that have not yet been brought to market can see their symptoms reduced and ability to live independently prolonged. John O'Brien, professor of old age psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and chair of the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th May 2018
Living with osteoarthritis, which can often affect the elderly, can be an incredibly painful experience, but scientists have revealed some of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms. According to researchers from the University of Surrey, just one gram of fish oil daily can help to reduce inflammation and therefore ease the pain. Similarly, vitamin k is good for osteoarthritis patients as...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd May 2018
Modern day patients with dementia are living for a shorter period with the disease, a new study has found. Scientists at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer's & Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas, San Antonio have discovered that people are being diagnosed later in life than previous generations. Over the past 30 years, the average age to be diagnosed with dementia has...

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