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Early Onset Dementia

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th September 2018
A cure for dementia could be less than a decade away, according to experts in the brain-wasting disease. World-renowned neuroscientist, Professor Bart De Strooper, who works at University College London (UCL), has spoken out saying that an effective treatment could become available by 2028. Despite there being no definitive route to finding a way to combat the disease at present, he said that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th September 2018
Cognitive ability in people over 70 is much sharper in summer and autumn than in the winter months, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Toronto have suggested that screening patients for dementia in the winter and spring can be more effective due to seasonal flare ups in the tell-tale proteins. The large-scale study took into account information from patients living in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th August 2018
Lifting weights is a contributing factor to a healthier life in old age and even living longer, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Michigan have found that people with strong muscles are likely to outlive those who are weaker. While it is a good idea to start building muscle while you’re young, the researchers urged the older generation to have a go too. They highlighted...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th August 2018
A new non-invasive technique to treat memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients could provide hope for those battling the disease. Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago have been zapping the brains of sufferers with magnets and found they boosted mental function. During the research, 16 participants had a large coil put against their scalp and the magnetic field then stimulates the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th August 2018
Having a relative with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to cope with and the situation is likely to be mutual. The degenerative condition leaves many patients feeling lost and disorientated, but it can be hard to understand what it’s really like when you’ve never experienced it. Now, a US company has developed a virtual reality (VR) headset that mimics the disease for users. Embodied Labs...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th August 2018
Exercising for health is a good idea at any age, but new evidence suggests that just ten minutes of brisk walking a day can have a big impact on the over-60s. Scientists at the University of Bristol found that such activity can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Many of the cardiovascular risk factors, such as cholesterol, inflammation and blood clots, were decreased by the bursts of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th August 2018
Around 8.5 million people suffer from osteoarthritis in the UK and many of them are elderly. One of the problems associated with treating the condition is that it’s not until symptoms develop that a diagnosis is made. That could all change, however, with the introduction of a blood test that can detect osteoarthritis two years prior to symptoms becoming evident. Protein fragments released into...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th August 2018
Being a caregiver to a person with dementia has many challenges, but among them is finding the time to look after yourself. A recent study found that while many of those in this position perceived their sleep as poor, the quality of their rest was in fact even worse. In excess of 90 per cent of those caring for a relative with dementia experience poor sleep. This is according to research carried...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st July 2018
A new Alzheimer’s drug has been hailed as the biggest hope in fighting the condition seen in the last 15 years. Researchers in the UK have had “spectacular” results in clinical trials of the antibody compound BAN2401. It works by inhibiting the build-up of the toxic protein in the brain that leads to deterioration in the organ. This in turn slows the mental decline in patients, therefore offering...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd July 2018
Applying ultrasound waves to the brain could be a revolutionary new way to treat dementia. The technique, which has been developed by scientists  at Tohoku University in Japan, has been found to improve cognitive function in those with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed that using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) improves blood vessel formation and nerve cell...

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