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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th September 2007
More than five million Britons are unaware they have high blood pressure, it has been revealed. This means 8,000 deaths from strokes and 13,000 from heart attacks are avoidable, the Blood Pressure Association (BDA) said. The dire warning came as the charity launched Know your Numbers! Week, the nation's biggest ever blood pressure testing initiative. Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th September 2007
Regular doses of vitamin D can extend life expectancy, according to new research. Dubbed the 'sunshine vitamin' because it is produced following solar exposure, vitamin D consumption has long been associated with a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Now, researchers think the vitamin might block cancer cells from spreading, improve the functioning of blood cells or boost the immune...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th September 2007
Breast cancer survivors experience more fatigue than healthy women, according to new research, which suggests that chemotherapy may be to blame for symptoms of tiredness. A team led by Dr Paul Jacobsen from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida followed 221 women with non-metastatic (early stage) breast cancer treated with either radiography or a combination of chemotherapy and radiography...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th September 2007
Scientists have discovered that an antidepressant called citalopram may be as effective at treating dementia as a commonly-prescribed drug. According to the Toronto-based research group, citalopram may perform as well as the antipsychotic risperidone in the management of severe agitation and psychosis associated with dementia. The findings could open new avenues for drug treatment with fewer...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th September 2007
Postmenopausal women who consume two or more alcoholic drinks per day may double their risk of endometrial cancer, according to new US research. The study followed 41,574 postmenopausal African-American, Japanese-American, Latina, Native-Hawaiian and white women for an average of eight years using questionnaires. Previous studies had shown that drinking alcohol increases levels of oestrogen in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th September 2007
There is new hope for those in need of hip, or other joint, replacements as engineers have developed a new technique for growing cartilage from human embryonic stem cells. The team from Rice University found that cartilages can be generated that mimic the different types of cartilage found in the human body. They hope the technique can be adapted to produce the robust cartilage sections that can...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th September 2007
More than 40 per cent of premature heart attacks would be avoided were screening introduced for middle-aged people with a family history of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to an article in the British Medical Journal. Siblings of heart attack patients are most at risk, while the threat increases further if more than one member of the family has CHD. Using data from previous studies, the...
7th September 2007
A new study has shed light on the genes involved in rheumatoid arthritis. An international team of researchers from Sweden, the USA and Singapore has compared the genomes of over 15,000 rheumatics with those of a 1,850 control group. The analysis was executed in Singapore using the very latest genomic techniques. In addition to confirming a known link between two genes and the disease, their...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th September 2007
Bacteria geared to oxygen-free environments can be used to target cancer tumours, scientists said today. Anaerobic bacteria are an ideal agent for treating cancer because the majority of solid tumours contain areas of low oxygen or dead tissue. The medical community is keen to develop gene therapies, since radiotherapy and chemotherapy are ineffective for about half of cancer sufferers....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th September 2007
Eating whole-grain products at breakfast time can help keep blood sugar levels in check throughout the rest of the day, a new study has revealed. Combining low GI (glycemic index) and indigestible carbohydrates, grain products are insulin efficient and induce a feeling of satiety. The dissertation from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University offers hope for the management of metabolic...

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