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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd July 2019
Many Alzheimer’s drugs may be ineffective in individuals because of their DNA, new research suggests. Scientists at the University of Buffalo in the US have discovered that three quarters of people appear to carry a genetic mutation that renders some medications useless. The gene in question is called CHRFAM7A and codes for a receptor for acetylcholine, which is involved in memory. It transmits...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th July 2019
Switching to a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout from your usual cardio routine could help to prevent dementia, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Queensland believe that pushing more blood towards the brain could be the answer to staving off the neurodegenerative disease. It’s more than just keeping active, which has been well-established as a way to avoid...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th July 2019
Counting blood vessels in the eyes of individuals could be a successful route to establishing the early stages of Alzheimer’s, scientists have discovered. Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago found people starting to experience cognitive decline had fewer capillaries in the back of their eyes than their healthy counterparts. This latest research builds on established evidence that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th July 2019
Patients contemplating getting a new knee to help relieve the pain of arthritic joints can now use a simple test to see whether the surgery will be a success. The Patient Decision Support Tool for Joint Replacement was developed by scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Bristol, and could prove to be a game changer. The current system offers patients general information...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th June 2019
An innovative new take on rollerskates is proving an effective way of helping arthritis patients recover after knee surgery. The devices are being used in conjunction with an app to get joints moving in the wake of knee replacements. The 12-wheeled skate allows patients to remain seated while doing muscle-strengthening exercises that help with their rehabilitation, reports the Mail Online. The...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th June 2019
Scientists have discovered a new Parkinson’s marker that can identify sufferers years before any of the traditional symptoms begin. Researchers at King’s College London have found that damage to the serotonin system in the brain acts as an “excellent marker” for the disease. The breakthrough has been hailed “fascinating” by experts, who say it fills a “crucial gap” in existing knowledge of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th June 2019
Restricted capillaries in the brain may be a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests. Scientists at University College London have found that amyloid beta protein, which leads to plaques forming in the brain, also squeezes blood vessels. As a consequence, as much as half of the blood supply to the organ could be stopped, preventing oxygen and vital nutrients from reaching the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th June 2019
There’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, meaning slowing down the progression of the condition is the most that many can hope for. Now, scientists believe a drug that is already being used to treat high blood pressure could be deployed to do exactly that. Nilvadipine is a fairly cheap form of treatment and is known to increase blood flow to the brain by stopping calcium getting into...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th June 2019
The number of elderly people living with dementia in the UK has reached record levels, according to figures released by the NHS. There were 453,881 over-65s with the neurodegenerative disease counted in May, representing an increase of more than 17,000 on the same month last year. While it’s undoubtedly true that more people are getting dementia, the higher rates can also be put down to improved...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th June 2019
The days of free TV licences for all those over the age of 75 are over, as the BBC confirms its changing the rules in the interest of “fairness”. The corporation’s decision could affect as many as 3.7 million people when it comes into effect next year. In a consultation with 190,000 individuals, some 52 per cent were in favour of reforming the current system. While automatic free licences for the...

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