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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th October 2007
Patients asked how much sleep they get tend to give the wrong information, according to new research. In a comparison of the sleep times given by respondents and those registered on a sleep test, there were some significant discrepancies. The Sleep Heart Health Study Sleep Habits Questionnaire generated three distinct sets of data: the amount of sleep participants felt they had habitually; the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th October 2007
The findings of a new Dutch study could help to identify breast cancer patients who are likely to respond to treatment using Herceptin. Almost half of patients do not improve when treated with Herceptin. The researchers found that a tumour suppressor called PTEN and mutations of the PIK3CA gene could be used as biomarkers to predict treatment response. They found that both PTEN expression and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th October 2007
Princess Anne has opened a new neurological research centre in Oxford. The Oxford Neurodevelopmental Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Centre is the world's first purpose-built facility specialising in brain function. The Centre will use its Elekta Neuromag MEG system to monitor nerve cell activity in the brain non-invasively. Research will be conducted into cerebrovascular disease and mild brain...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th October 2007
New research has revealed genetic processes that slow ageing and protect against cancer. In 1993, a breakthrough study of the Caenorhabditis elegans roundworm, whose genes have many human counterparts, found that a change in just one gene, called daf-2, doubled the worms' lifespan. This, scientists realised, meant that longevity is regulated by genes and is therefore changeable. The new study...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th October 2007
US Scientists have discovered a molecular pathway that they hope will help them to find a target for inhibiting the blood vessels that cause cancers, diabetic eye complications and atherosclerosis. An individual's blood vessels continue to grow throughout their life, providing oxygen to damaged tissue. However, blood vessels do not always have a benign impact. They also provide blood to tumours,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th October 2007
New research suggests that afternoon naps can lead to lower blood pressure, but it is not the rest itself which confers health benefits. Instead, it is the period just before sleep, after the lights go out, where the reduction in blood pressure occurs, according to the study entitled Acute Changes in Cardiovascular Function During the Onset Period of Daytime Sleep: Comparison to Lying Awake and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2007
Men aged between 50 and 65 who have prostate cancer are eight times more likely to suffer a hip fracture, according to a new Danish study. Urologists and endocrinologists from Danish hospitals attached to the University of Southern Denmark and Copenhagen University used data from the Danish National Hospital Discharge Register, the National Bureau of Statistics and the National Prescription...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2007
US researchers have made a breakthrough that could enable them to develop drugs to lower the risk of diseases associated with high cholesterol, including Alzheimer's disease and atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that SIRT1 stops cholesterol accumulating by activating a pathway that removes cholesterol from the body via high density...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2007
US researchers have made a discovery that they hope will enable them to ensure that only patients likely to benefit are given chemotherapy. The study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center determined that women whose breast cancer expressed a protein called HER-2 were most likely to benefit from adding the drug Taxol to the chemotherapy regimen. Women with oestrogen-fuelled...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2007
A revolutionary new means of implanting stem cells has been trialled on heart attack patients in Madrid. A team of cardiologists at the University Hospital of Navarre implanted stem cells in 50 individuals who had suffered a myocardial attack. Their innovation was to use a catheter rather than open surgery. Dr Juan Jose Gavira said that taking a culture of cells from the patient's own serum meant...

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