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Early Onset Dementia

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th April 2019
Neuroscientists at Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) Brain Institute set themselves the task of investigating one of the most fundamental questions in Alzheimer’s disease research. They wanted to know whether amyloid precursor protein is the mastermind behind Alzheimer's disease or is it just an accomplice? It’s a conundrum that goes back over a century and began when a German psychiatrist by...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th April 2019
Sending an electrical current through the hippocampus of elderly people has helped to sharpen their memories, scientists claim. Researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois found that the over-64s could benefit from having areas of their brain stimulated. They found the volunteers who underwent the therapy could not be differentiated from adults a decade younger in memory tests. It is not...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th April 2019
Estimates on the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease could be well below the actual number, according to an expert. Dr Clifford Jack, an Alzheimer's researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, believes twice as many people could be living with the condition than is widely accepted. In a study of 2,500 people, it was discovered that double the number had biological signs of the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th March 2019
A drug designed to treat liver failure could help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, after it was discovered that it may have more than one use. Lonafarnib has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. It was developed as a therapy for hepatitis D, but scientists at the University of California have discovered it also curbs brain degeneration. This is...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th March 2019
It’s widely accepted that an early diagnosis is key to tackling dementia, but once the most obvious symptoms have appeared it’s too late. Now, scientists believe that a clue linked to vision could be among the earliest telltale signs. If you notice that yourself or a loved one is struggling to recognise colours, it’s time to seek a medical opinion. Alzheimers.net revealed that not being able to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th March 2019
Memory loss is a common worry for people as they age, but it may not be an inevitable part of getting older. That is according to scientists at the Molecular Biology Centre (CBMSO) in Spain, who have found that brain cells continue to grow even as an individual hits 90. Experts have known for a long time that the hippocampus shrinks with age and as this is the memory centre of the brain, can lead...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2019
The battle against superbugs is putting elderly people at risk of sepsis, which can be fatal, experts have warned. It stems from the pressure being put on GPs to cut down on the number of antibiotics they prescribe, as infections become resistant to them, reports the Daily Mail. Local health boards get extra payments from the NHS when doctors give out fewer drugs and in 2015 there was even a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2019
An innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease has been tested on people for the first time. Participants have had glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) delivered directly to the brain by way of a port in the side of the head. Their brains were then scanned and compared with those who had been given a placebo. Those who received the drug displayed visual evidence of improvements in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th February 2019
Free condoms are to be given out to over-60s by the NHS, after a startling increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) being reported by the demographic. The campaign is the first of its kind and particularly targets baby boomers. While the threat of unwanted pregnancies has passed, there is still the chance of other issues associated with sexual activity. For many of this...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th February 2019
Old age could become more bearable for millions of people if an existing antidepressant is found to fulfil its potential in the battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists at Cambridge University believe that trazodone could slow down the progression of the neurodegenerative conditions. The fact that the medicine is already licensed in the UK and is taken by those suffering...

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