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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd September 2007
Lung cancer patients could benefit from a new drug which predicts which chemotherapy drugs will work. A team from the University of Cincinnati has identified a molecular pathway called the retinoblastoma (RB) tumour suppressor that controls cell multiplication. Research has shown that the RB pathway is either completely dormant or altered in most human cancers. Scientists are beginning to use its...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd September 2007
A drug costing just 50p per day could save thousands of British lives, scientists said today. Diabetic patients who were put on Coversyl Plus were 18 per cent less likely to die from heart-related illnesses, according to an international study. Moreover, the drug has almost no negative side-effects. Over 11,000 people with Type 2 diabetes from 20 countries, including Britain, took part in the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2007
An Israeli doctor has developed a new method to combat wrinkly skin. Dr Orit Bossi from the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences has isolated a plant-based antioxidant that counteracts the breakdown of collagen fibres in the skin. Dr Bossi remarked: "A problem with many of the commercial antioxidants found today in the market that are said to retard...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2007
New details about the mechanism by which cancer cells multiply have been revealed by Japanese researchers. Scientists from the University of Yamanashi have identified a protein which plays a crucial role in the aggregation of platelets induced by cancer. Cancer cells release chemicals that enabling them to bind to the inside of blood vessels and thus evade the immune system. One of these...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th August 2007
A leading British epidemiologist has criticised a Swedish study of access to cancer drugs across Europe. In May of this year, a report by Dr Nils Wilking argued that some countries were better at making new drugs available quickly and therefore had better rates of cancer survival. Professor Michel Coleman has claimed that the report used a flawed methodology and suggested its findings may have...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th August 2007
Inflammation, a bodily mechanism which usually aids healing, has the opposite effect on the knee, according to new research. Scientists from the Duke University Medical Centre believe their findings may lead to treatments for injuries or osteoarthritis in the knee. They identified two immune system proteins that trigger inflammation, interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF). These...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th August 2007
A Scandinavian study has revealed that pine bark can reduce the symptoms of the menopause. Research in a forthcoming issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree, inhibits 'climacteric symptoms' such as hot flashes, depression, panic attacks and other common symptoms associated with women beginning...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th August 2007
US scientists have developed a new sling to help prostate cancer survivors exercise urinary control. Dr Allen Morey, professor of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre introduced the new procedure called the AdVance sling, which comprises a thin strip of mesh between the inner thighs. This is then passed deep beneath the urethra to increase support. More than two million...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th August 2007
Dietary restriction could be used to make pancreatic cell transplants more effective, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of Texas found that pancreatic islet cells transplanted into the liver fail not only because of immune rejection, but also because of overexposure to toxic fats. These fats are synthesized by the surrounding liver cells and overwhelm the pancreatic...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th August 2007
High stress levels can lead to greater memory loss among patients at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new US study. The researchers genotyped and measured the chronic stress level in 91 healthy subjects with a mean age of 78.8 years. They found that those low on stress or without the APOE-e4 risk factor performed better on memory measures than those with high stress or...

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