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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd April 2018
Patients suffering from dementia are 17 per cent more likely to be given prescriptions for medications they don’t need. According to a study carried out by the University of Sydney, those with the neurodegenerative condition are often given drugs to treat ailments such as acid reflux, when they are not required. Dr Danijela Gnjidic, lead author of the research, said: “Our study found that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th April 2018
Scientists have succeeded in neutralising a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in human brain cells for the first time. The researchers, from the biomedical research organisation Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, turned off a protein linked to the apoE4 gene. In doing this, they have prevented it from being able to damage nerve cells, which in turn leads to dementia. It is hoped that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th April 2018
Most Alzheimer’s diagnoses occur after symptoms have presented themselves, offering little hope for the patient, as the condition is already at an advanced stage. This could be about to change, however, as researchers have put forward a proposal for the disease to be defined by biology instead of signs of memory loss and cognitive decline. The framework is a collaboration between the Alzheimer’s...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th April 2018
People grow just as many new brain cells in their old age as they do when they’re younger, according to new research.  A study carried out by scientists at Columbia University has found that healthy participants as old as 79 can generate the same number of brain cells as a 14-year-old. The question of whether adults can grow new neurons is one that has been contested in the scientific community...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd April 2018
Keeping active is seen as the most important way to prevent illness as we age and taking part in sports can also help to stave off loneliness. With this in mind, the Oomph! Wellness group has been established to focus on making such activities more accessible to the elderly. It has contacted a number of national government bodies that oversee different areas of sport and had some positive results...
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...

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