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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd March 2017

A new device has been approved in the UK and Europe that could reduce the impact of falls by up to 90 per cent. The high-tech HipHope belt is fitted with sensors that constantly monitor the movement of the wearer. When a sudden fall towards the ground is detected, two airbags inflate to protect the hip joints. The airbags are activated in less than a second, acting as a cushioning barrier between...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th March 2017

Nearly half of UK men over the age of 50 suffer from an enlarged prostate, making related issues a growing problem. Now, a non-invasive procedure has been successfully trialled in Portugal, which could revolutionise the way men are treated for prostate problems that often result in frequent trips to the toilet. A healthy prostate is usually around the size of a walnut, but in many men as they age...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th March 2017

As well as looking for new drugs to treat dementia once the symptoms have arisen, experts are also keen to establish which elements of a person’s lifestyle can help shield them from the condition. The latest of these to come under scrutiny is coffee. New research has found that caffeine can help to protect against the effects of dementia, which can be debilitating. The reason for this is all to...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th March 2017

It is not surprising that finding a cure or effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is a high priority for medical researchers. After all, the Alzheimer’s Society has predicted that by the year 2025, more than one million people in the UK will be afflicted by dementia. News that late-stage trials of a promising new drug to treat the condition have been abandoned is, therefore, disappointing...

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...

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