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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2017
An expert in the care of the elderly has suggested that older people should not wait until they are infirm to move into a home. Anna Dixon, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, has suggested that making the transition while still fit and able is better for pensioners in the long-run. She noted that most older people wait until crisis point before they move into specialist...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th February 2017
Men are expected to have a similar life expectancy as women by 2030, according to new research. A study carried out by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) analysed the lifespans of 35 industrialised countries and how they are likely to change in the years to come. While South Korea is seen to have the best conditions for the elderly to live the longest going forward,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st February 2017
Falls are a common problem among the elderly and can lead to more serious health conditions in the long-run. New sensors that monitor older people have been trialled and were found to predict when an elderly person might fall weeks in advance. The system, which has been pioneered by the University of Missouri, uses infra-red monitors to detect subtle changes in the way a person is moving about in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th February 2017
Patients who have suffered a stroke are to be offered a new treatment on the NHS, it has been reported. The process would effectively reverse the symptoms that can leave people paralysed for the rest of their lives. Mechanical thrombectomy is being recommended in draft NHS England policy, which would see it rolled out in specialist centres across the country. The Sunday Times reports that doctors...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th February 2017
The elderly have better sex lives than those experiencing middle age, it has emerged. A new study shows that couples in their 90s are more satisfied in the bedroom than those making love in their 50s. According to the report, which was researched by the International Longevity Centre UK, many people remain sexually active into old age. It interviewed more than 7,000 people over the age of 50 and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th February 2017
New Medication to deal with four different elements of blood pressure has been dubbed a miracle pill by researchers. Combining four drugs into a single dose could be twice effective as anything that has gone before in treating the condition, it has been claimed. High blood pressure is a common problem in the UK, with more than 17 million people being affected. It can be particularly bad for the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th February 2017
A new blood test has been developed that could help doctors to diagnose Parkinson’s disease without being as invasive as previous methods. It uses a newly discovered protein, which when found in the blood denotes the presence of the disease. In the past, patients have had to undergo a spinal fluid test to discern whether the symptoms they are experiencing are in fact the result of Parkinson’s....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th February 2017
New medication has been launched in the UK, which has the ability to cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and dementia and is entirely made out of chocolate. BloodFlow+ uses flavanols extracted from cocoa to improve blood flow and combat cholesterol levels. To get an effective dose by eating chocolate in its normal form would mean consuming 2,429 calories in one sitting. Instead, the pill has...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st January 2017
New research sheds light on the correlation between tooth loss and an early death, it has been announced. According to a study carried out by the Oral Health Foundation, losing five teeth by the age of 65 could be a sign of dying early. Physical stress and poor health often manifests in the mouth before anywhere else in the body, hinting at conditions that may become apparent later on. A direct...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st January 2017
A new study is challenging the way the link between dementia and high blood pressure is interpreted. The work carried out by the University of California, Irvine, does not suggest that high blood pressure isn’t a risk factor for dementia for the majority of a person’s lifetime. What is interesting, however is that after 80 years of age, it could protect against Alzheimer’s disease. The research...

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