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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd December 2016

Dementia could be as manageable as HIV and AIDS by 2025 thanks to advances in medication, according to the newly appointed director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI). Professor Bart De Strooper has suggested, when talking to the Press Association, that rather than curing dementia, new research will help us to better control it. Recently chosen to lead the UK DRI at University College...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st December 2016

Sauna bathing on a regular basis could be key to helping reduce the risk of dementia, according to a new study. Research carried out at the University of Eastern Finland found that men who used a sauna between four and seven times a week were around 66 per cent less likely to develop dementia. This link has not previously been investigated, but it seems that regular sauna use during a week leads...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th December 2016

Eating at least 20 grams of nuts a day could help to reduce conditions like cancer and heart disease. A new review that looked at a number of previous studies on the benefits of eating nuts has found that they could be beneficial in reducing the risk of experiencing certain serious health conditions.  The study performed by Imperial College London found that eating the equivalent of a handful of...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th December 2015

A report from Nuffield Trust has found that just 3.6 per cent of patients account for over a third of hospital beds Nuffield Trust has published the findings in response to the latest monthly performance statistics from NHS England. The performance statistics indicate that there are serious delays in the transfers of care days. These delays represent elderly and frail people in their thousands...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th October 2014

Local authorities spend as little as 1.36 per cent of their public health budget on mental health, according to new research. The charity Mind undertook this study and discovered that despite huge sums of money being spent on tackling physical health conditions, in its opinion the financial support afforded to mental issues is "unacceptably low". This data was obtained through the Freedom of...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st October 2014

Parkinson's UK has hailed the discovery of a potential treatment for the disease after scientists discovered some drugs could treat and even reverse the symptoms. The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Sheffield, has so far only been tested on fruit flies, but showed that there may be hope for those who carry mutations in a gene called LRRK2. It is not understood why, but...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th April 2014

The presence of fungal infections could be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to new research. A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has found "compelling evidence" to suggest those with the condition also have a range of fungal species in their blood, The Local reports. The investigation - carried out by scientists in Spain - revealed the foreign...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2014

Women are at increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis if they take the contraceptive pill, according to a new joint study from the US and Argentina. Rates of the incurable degenerative disease are already higher amongst women than men, but researchers at the Kaiser Permanente medical centre in Oakland, California and the Raul Carrera Institute of Neurological Research in Buenos Aires...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2014

The government has announced a new package of support for dementia research and care. As well as appointing a world dementia envoy, health secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that the coalition has received backing from a number of businesses which will be used to support people with the condition. Some 190,000 staff members from firms including Marks and Spencer, Argos, Homebase, Lloyds Bank and...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2014

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients could soon take a simple tablet twice a day rather than injections. Some 35,000 people around the world are already using a drug called Tecfidera and now it has been licensed in the United Kingdom. Tests have found that the medication is capable of lower the rate of MS relapses by 50 per cent as well as delay the progression of the illness by a fifth. The drug was...

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