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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th October 2007
New research has revealed genetic processes that slow ageing and protect against cancer. In 1993, a breakthrough study of the Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm, whose genes have many human counterparts, found that a change in just one gene, called daf-2, doubled the worms' lifespan. This, scientists realised, meant that longevity is regulated by genes and is therefore changeable. The new study...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th October 2007
US Scientists have discovered a molecular pathway that they hope will help them to find a target for inhibiting the blood vessels that cause cancers, diabetic eye complications and atherosclerosis. An individual's blood vessels continue to grow throughout their life, providing oxygen to damaged tissue. However, blood vessels do not always have a benign impact. They also provide blood to tumours,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2007
Men aged between 50 and 65 who have prostate cancer are eight times more likely to suffer a hip fracture, according to a new Danish study. Urologists and endocrinologists from Danish hospitals attached to the University of Southern Denmark and Copenhagen University used data from the Danish National Hospital Discharge Register, the National Bureau of Statistics and the National Prescription...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2007
US researchers have made a breakthrough that could enable them to develop drugs to lower the risk of diseases associated with high cholesterol, including Alzheimer's disease and atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that SIRT1 stops cholesterol accumulating by activating a pathway that removes cholesterol from the body via high density...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2007
A revolutionary new means of implanting stem cells has been trialled on heart attack patients in Madrid. A team of cardiologists at the University Hospital of Navarre implanted stem cells in 50 individuals who had suffered a myocardial attack. Their innovation was to use a catheter rather than open surgery. Dr Juan Jose Gavira said that taking a culture of cells from the patient's own serum meant...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2007
US researchers have made a discovery that they hope will enable them to ensure that only patients likely to benefit are given chemotherapy. The study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center determined that women whose breast cancer expressed a protein called HER-2 were most likely to benefit from adding the drug Taxol to the chemotherapy regimen. Women with oestrogen-fuelled...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2007
Residents and staff from Kenwyn care home have completed their own version of the Coast 2 Coast challenge. In the spirit of healthy competition, they were seeking to match the 1,111 miles achieved by Barchester Healthcare Director Bill Wilson and his Coast 2 Coast team. By completing circuits of the garden in chair and on foot and by cycling both static and on the road, they managed to achieve...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2007
Consuming lots of antoxidants does not reduce one's chance of suffering age related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new article in the British Medical Journal. Previous research had suggested that vitamins C and E, various types of carotenoids and zinc could reduce the oxidative damage to the macula, which are located in the centre of the retina. Scientists from the University of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2007
Women with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop diabetes than those with lower blood pressure. A study of more than 38,000 health professionals has found that the relationship between type 2 diabetes and hypertension was independent of body mass. Women who had an increase in blood pressure during the study also had an increased risk of developing diabetes. Lead author Dr...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th October 2007
Southerndown care home has been getting active in aid of charity. Staff, residents and one relative from the home completed a blustery walk from Southerndown into the centre of Chipping Norton as part the sponsored National Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A good time was had by all and there was an obligatory lunch stop at the Crown & Cushion. The Alzheimer's Society estimates...

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