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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st October 2007
Chemicals that are present in a number of day-to-day foodstuffs could hold the key to defeating heart disease and cancer, the findings of a new study suggest. Researchers in France found that low doses of antioxidant polyphenols assists blood vessel development and therefore benefits people with heart disease or circulatory problems. Meanwhile high doses of the chemical helped to restrict the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th October 2007
A discovery by US scientists could pave the way for new targets for the treatment of obesity. The hormone leptin was known from previous studies to inhibit hunger by making patients feel full. Now, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have identified the brain circuits leptin acts upon. Leptin, the signalling molecule produced by fat cells, limits activation in regions of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th October 2007
A new study has shown that social interaction can improve a person's memory. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that just ten minutes of chatting to another person can boost performance as much as performing 'intellectual' tasks for the same amount of time. Lead author Oscar Ybarra commented: "In our study, socializing was just as effective as more traditional kinds of mental...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th October 2007
The life expectancy of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not improved in the last four decades, according to a new US study. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that between 1965 and 2005, mortality rates for female and male RA subjects remained relatively constant at 2.4 and 2.5 per 100 person-years compared to significant decreases in the mortality rate of the general...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th October 2007
It is "vital" that more research is commissioned into the use of complementary therapies by breast cancer patients, Breakthrough Breast Cancer has said. Over 60 per cent of sufferers use complementary therapies alongside traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Such therapies include relaxation techniques, massage and acupuncture. Julie Flynn, senior research development...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th October 2007
Women who have hysterectomies for non-life threatening conditions double their risk of needing stress urinary incontinence surgery (SUIS), according to new research. These conditions, known as 'benign indications', include uterine prolapse, irregular and heavy menstrual bleeding and postmenopausal bleeding. Swedish investigators conducted a 30-year study of 165,260 women who had had a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th October 2007
Drugs used to treat high blood pressure could help patients with Alzheimer's disease. Scientists from the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City screened 1,500 commercially-available drugs using mice and found seven of the 55 drugs commonly prescribed for the treatment of hypertension would help prevent beta-amyloid production, which is known to lead to Alzheimer's. Lead researcher Dr Giulio Maria...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th October 2007
An enzyme that plays an important role in reducing heart disease has been identified. US researchers found that the enzyme, cholesteryl ester hydrolase (CEH), controls the amount of cholesterol that can be removed by high density lipoprotein (HDL) or so-called 'good cholesterol'. In the animal study, increasing the removal of cholesterol led to a reduction in the number of plaques in the coronary...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th October 2007
Residents and staff at Kenwyn Care Home have enjoyed their Chef's Competition Day. The fun kicked off with a party hosted by two clowns and featuring frolics of both a magical and musical nature. Then in the evening the main dining room became a galley as the residents boarded ship for a night-time spectacular entitled The Pirates Of Penzance: Kenwyn Go To The Caribbean. Pirate Bill was on top...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
Not smoking, eating healthily and exercising regularly cuts a woman's risk of heart attack dramatically, according to new research. Although fewer women die from coronary heart disease, the percentage of sudden deaths from it is higher and the decline in incidence slower among the female population. A team of researchers from Stockholm examined the eating habits of 24,444 postmenopausal women....

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