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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th November 2016
Regular brain training exercises could help protect people with mild cognitive impairment from developing dementia. This is according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney. Combining outcomes from 17 clinical trials, the team used meta-analysis to assess the efficacy of brain training in dementia prevention and treatment. Their findings...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th November 2016
Alzheimer’s disease could be detected years in advance with the help of a new imaging tool, scientists have claimed. The key to the findings is amyloid plaques, which denote the condition. At present, scans only show when these appear in clumps, but more sporadic and diffuse occurrences of the plaques could provide early notice that the disease will take hold. The problem is that these are really...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd November 2016
Kitting people with dementia out with tracking devices similar to those currently on the market, such as Fitbits, could be a good idea. That is according to scientists who believe that data into movement and other activities could help beat the condition. British researchers are currently looking into the use of movement trackers for the demographic. They suggest that knowing intimate details...
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
21st October 2016
Physical exercise could help to reduce the effects of early dementia, a new study has indicated.  Research from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, reported in a new online issue of Neurology, found that sufferers of early dementia who exercised saw a small improvement on the test of overall thinking skills in comparison to those who did not.  The study involved 70 individuals with...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th October 2016
A list of environmental factors that contribute to the increased risk of suffering from dementia has been drawn up by by scientific experts at Edinburgh University’s Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre. The purpose of the list is to identify the factors that trigger or increase the risk of dementia, and to figure out ways to prevent this by conducting further scientific research. Dr Tom...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2016
NHS data - analysed by data analysis company Exasol - has found there are a number of diabetes hotspots in the UK, which represent the number of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes. According to NHS data, the number of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes has risen from 26 million to 35 million a year. Hotspots for type 2 diabetes are located in Lincolnshire in the East Midlands and London. London had...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2016
The average life expectancy in the UK is constantly on the increase, and now the number of centenarians - those aged 100 and over - is now at a record high.According to data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are 14,570 people aged 100 or over in the UK, and the number of centenarians has gone up four times over the last two decades, and in the last ten years the number of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2016
People are living longer in the 21st century but a team have found that there could be a cap on human life expectancy. Scientists based in the US have said that while life expectancy continues to increase, there is a limit to how far the average human lifespan will go to. Scientists have estimated that in the future, the highest age people will live to will be 115 years. There is a limit to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2016
Grandparents’ Day was on Sunday October 2nd 2016 - supported by the likes of chefs Ainsley Harriott and Brian Turner - so Age UK commissioned a study to focus on the contributions grandparents’ make - or have made - to people’s lives. The study revealed some very interesting findings. In particular, the research found that some of our favourite food from childhood can evoke fond memories of...

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