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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th March 2018
Scientists believe that an unassuming suburban house could be the answer to revolutionising treatments for Parkinson’s disease and some forms of dementia. The property has been transformed into a living laboratory that better replicates the challenges faced by those with these conditions than most trial settings. Project BlueSky, which is a joint venture between the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st March 2018
It has long been noticed that the sense of direction deteriorates as we age, but scientists have not known entirely why. Now, experts believe it could be the result of cells in the spatial system of the brain dying off. Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease made comparisons in the brain activity patterns between two groups – one consisting of younger adults and another of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th March 2018
It’s no secret that the British population is getting older, but according to new figures released by the government, ten million of us will reach the age of 100. With this news comes some challenges and ministers have announced a cash injection of £300 million to research ageing. The money will be used to find better ways to support people in old age, with the government highlighting the need to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th March 2018
Cutting down on alcohol is often recommended when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, but you should think twice before ditching the drink altogether. Scientists have suggested that an alcoholic tipple may well help you to live beyond the age of 90. Researchers at the University of California have been studying the effects of a couple of glasses of wine or beer an evening over the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th March 2018
Within the next ten years, breakthroughs in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease will make the condition as manageable as HIV. That is the opinion of Professor Michel Goedert, whose credentials include a Nobel Prize and a prestigious Potamkin Prize for his work in the field. The key to the expert’s prediction will be tackling dementia with drugs before it develops, as opposed to reversing it once...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th March 2018
They say that eyes are the window to the soul, but they could also provide a glimpse into the future health of the over-60s. A new study has found that moderate to severe retinal damage could be a clue that individuals will have cognitive problems by the time they’re 80. Scientists at John Hopkins University looked into the eye health of 60-year-olds as they aged. They discovered that the average...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2018
Testing the tears of elderly people who might have Parkinson’s disease could be the most effective way of diagnosing the condition. According to a new study by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, biomarkers in the fluid could be key. The scientists discovered tiny differences in the levels of a particular protein found in tears between those with...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th February 2018
A new injection is being developed that could ease the pain of arthritis for millions of people and even cut down on the need for hip and knee replacement surgeries. The treatment uses a protein that boosts the generation of cartilage in the body and reduces inflammation in the joints. It could potentially save the NHS £1 billion annually and put an end to the pain suffered by arthritis patients...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th February 2018
Patients suspected to have dementia could soon undergo a lumbar puncture procedure to get a clear diagnosis. The proposals, set out by the health watchdog NICE, are controversial as the spinal tap is known to be painful and can have side effects. At present, dementia is tested using a series of memory questions, but this method allows room for uncertainty. It is hoped that a clearer picture could...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th February 2018
Thousands of elderly people face a greater risk of contracting pneumonic this winter due to a vaccination shortage.  The condition kills around 30,000 patients a year, but in October, Public Health England warned that stocks were running low. Since then, GPs have found it increasingly difficult to obtain the PPV23 vaccine, meaning vulnerable people have been put at higher risk throughout the...

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