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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd October 2007
New research has revealed that older women who experience panic attacks could be at a greater risk of heart attacks or strokes. Featured in the latest issue of Archives of general Psychiatry, the study conducted by Jordan W Smoller of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston included monitoring healthy post-menopausal women for more than five years. Following the tests, the researchers discovered...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd October 2007
Minocycline could help to reduce disabilities in people who have had strokes, it has been claimed. A recent study published in the Neurology journal found that people treated with the drug within six to 24 hours of a stroke had fewer disabilities. The researchers also discovered that those given minocycline performed four times better on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale than...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd October 2007
The more conscientious you are, the less likely you are to develop Alzheimer's disease in old age. That is according to a long-term US study, which used questionnaires to rate participants' self-discipline in 1994 and last year conducted follow-up examinations. Some 176 individuals developed Alzheimer's disease in the 12-year interval. Those who had conscientiousness scores in the 90th percentile...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
High blood pressure could be caused by being overweight in as many as 50 per cent of cases, a new Italian study suggests. After six months on a reduced-calorie diet, half of overweight, hypertensive adults under observation achieved normal body weight and blood pressure. Some 49 percent of female and 53 percent of male participants achieved body weight reduction and normalization, representing...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
Poor sleep leads to worse physical function during the daytime in elderly women, according to new research. The study from the University of Pittsburgh found that women who slept less than six hours per night walked 3.5 per cent more slowly than those who slept six to 6.8 hours. In terms of performance, the optimum amount of sleep was 6.8 to 7.5 hours. Insomnia affects almost half of adults 60...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that drugs intended for Alzheimer's patients could help breast cancer sufferers. The drug works by attacking the Notch gene, which stimulates cancer cells, thereby reducing the likelihood of the disease recurring. The development is particularly exciting because the drug, a class of gamma secretase inhibitor, has already undergone...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2007
All alcohol influences the risk of developing the cancer, with the quantity consumed the important factor, rather than the type of beverage. One of the largest studies of alcohol and breast cancer risk ever undertaken has concluded that whether you drink wine, beer or spirits is irrelevant. Instead, what matters is total alcohol intake. The research reveals that women who drink between one and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2007
A new study has suggested that meditation is an effective therapy for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. Devised by Dr Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a meditation programme that teaches participants to relate differently to thoughts and emotions. It works on the premise that continually focusing the mind on...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th September 2007
Treatment for diabetes can be as inconvenient and discomfiting as experiencing complications brought about by the illness, according to new US research. A typical diabetes patient has a daily regimen of two or three different pills to control blood sugar levels, one or two to lower cholesterol, two or more to reduce blood pressure, a daily aspirin to prevent blood clots, in addition to monitoring...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th September 2007
Stress levels affect breast cancer recurrence, new research has revealed. Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine found that women who experienced physical or sexual abuse or life-threatening situations see metastatic tumours return after around 2.5 years. For women who do not experience such stressful events, cancer recurred at about...

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