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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th November 2007
Two food molecules found in vegetables and bran could help protect against damage to DNA caused by radiation, according to new research. Inositol and inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), both antioxidants, were found to protect human cancer cells, raising the possibility that they could help reduce the damage caused by radiation therapy. Cells irreparably damaged by radiation usually experience a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th November 2007
It is better to be towards the lighter end of your healthy body mass index (BMI) range in terms of cancer risk, experts have advised. A new report published by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) found that the higher an individual's body fat, the greater their risk of developing cancer. Therefore, its key recommendation was to keep BMI within the 20 to 25 range. The report was based on the 7,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th November 2007
West Oak care home is celebrating recognition for its gardening efforts as part of the Barchester in Bloom scheme. Sara Gallagher, manager of the home, and Esme Crozier, a resident, went to collect a plaque at a ceremony in Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. The prize, recognising the home's achievement as finalists in the Best Sensory Garden category, was presented by Charlie Dimmock of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th November 2007
The findings of a new European study suggest that stress can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Scientists working in Germany, Portugal and the UK determined that stress increases the production of amyloid beta peptide, the molecule associated with the build-up of plaque scientists believe causes the neurological disease. They found that ingesting glucocorticoids (GC), which are...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th November 2007
US scientists have made new discoveries about the effect of the ageing process on the heart. A team from St Hopkins found that for every year a person ages, the time it takes for their heart muscles to expand and contract takes between two and five per cent longer. They also found that the heart's pumping function declines slightly every year, as the heart cavity shrinks and its walls widen....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd November 2007
An editorial in this week's edition of The Lancet has urged political parties to unite to help combat the UK's obesity epidemic. Half of the UK population could be obese by 2050, according to the 'Tackling Obesity: Future Choices' report. Published earlier this month by the government's Foresight Programme, the report preceded The Health Profile of England 2007, which highlighted the shocking...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd November 2007
People are underestimating the risk diabetes poses to eyesight, according to a new US survey. The study by the American Optometric Association (AOA) found that though three in five adults know that diabetes is detectable through a comprehensive eye exam, just one third of people with no history of eye problems have been to see an optometrist in the last year. Diabetes is the primary cause of new...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st November 2007
Orthopaedic researchers from Jefferson Medical College have found stem cells in the intervertebral discs of the human spine. The breakthrough discovery gives hope to those with neck and back pain as the cells could be used to repair damaged discs. Implanting the cells could help the spine to heal by increasing the production of water-binding molecules called proteoglycans, the researchers said....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st November 2007
A new clinical study has shown that CT scanning can detect lung cancer long before it is manifest in any symptoms. The Canadian study was led by radiologist Heidi Roberts at Princess Margaret Hospital. It looked at 1,000 Canadian smokers aged 55 and older, who had smoked at least a pack of cigarettes each day for 10 years. Some 26 per cent of participants needed further testing and 2.2 per cent...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st November 2007
Most 50 to 65 year old are aware of healthy eating guidelines, but many are failing to put their knowledge into practice. A survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found that almost a quarter of people in this age group agreed strongly with the statement that, 'life's too short to worry about what I eat'. And more than a third concurred wholeheartedly with the sentiment, 'I've always eaten this...

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