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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...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th January 2017

Some people expecting to have hip or knee replacements may find they are denied the surgery on the NHS. A new pain threshold test is being brought in by three health trusts and those who are able to sleep through the night will not be deemed urgent cases for the operations. In a bid to save £2 million a year and cut the number of procedures performed by a fifth, only people whose daily lives and...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th January 2017

It’s important to have an active lifestyle at all ages, but this should continue for the elderly, as new research has reiterated. It has found that women who don’t move about very often are subject to faster ageing cells than those who exercise every day. The study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine looked into the health of 1,500 women between the ages of 64 and 95....

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th January 2017

Elderly people who fracture their hip have been found to increase their risk of dying within a year nearly threefold, new research suggests. Problems in the wake of surgery, pneumonia and blood clots are among the issues, while the broken hip can result in increased frailty. Nearly 65,000 people in Britain break their hip each year, which led to the study being carried out by University College...

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