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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th October 2007
Residents and staff at Kenwyn Care Home have enjoyed their Chef's Competition Day. The fun kicked off with a party hosted by two clowns and featuring frolics of both a magical and musical nature. Then in the evening the main dining room became a galley as the residents boarded ship for a night-time spectacular entitled The Pirates Of Penzance: Kenwyn Go To The Caribbean. Pirate Bill was on top...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
A new study has revealed that the brain communicates directly with the immune system, governing the body's response to infection. The findings centre on the role of the vagus nerve, which the study suggests could inhibit rogue inflammatory response and treat a number of diseases when stimulated. Located in the brainstem, the vagus nerve goes from the brain to the abdomen via the heart. In today's...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
Women who put on weight as they progress through adulthood have a greater risk of contracting breast cancer than those who maintain a constant weight, it has been revealed.Previous research has demonstrated that an obese post-menopausal woman has a higher risk of developing breast cancer.This is because oestrogen can build up in fat tissue, increasing the likelihood of cancerous cells growing in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
Not smoking, eating healthily and exercising regularly cuts a woman's risk of heart attack dramatically, according to new research. Although fewer women die from coronary heart disease, the percentage of sudden deaths from it is higher and the decline in incidence slower among the female population. A team of researchers from Stockholm examined the eating habits of 24,444 postmenopausal women....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2007
Sleep deprivation can cause people to overreact to negative experiences, according to new research. The study from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Berkeley found that exhaustion leads to the shutdown of the prefrontal lobe, the area of the mind which controls our emotions. "It is almost as though, without sleep, the brain reverts back to a more primitive pattern of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2007
Smokers aged over 65 kick the habit for very different reasons to their younger peers, a study has revealed. Whereas smokers under 65 cited cost and the unpleasant smell, along with general health concerns, as the main reasons for giving up, older respondents said physician pressure and stress due to a major health problem were their main motivators. Lead study author Dr Virginia Reichert said: "...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2007
More educated sufferers of dementia lose their memory at a faster rate than those with less education, a new study suggests. Scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University studied 117 people whose education ranged from less than three years of elementary school to postgraduate study. The research uncovered two distinct trends. Firstly, for each additional year of formal...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd October 2007
A US study has revealed that between 1998 and 2003, there was a 150 per cent increase in the number of women getting a double mastectomy when cancer had only been detected in one breast. The technical name for this procedure is contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Among those who were put forward for a single mastectomy, the CPM rate rose from 4.2 per cent in 1998 to 11 per cent in 2003....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd October 2007
There have been reports of loss of hearing among patients taking PDE5 inhibitors, a class of drugs that includes Revatio, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Erectile dysfunction (ED) medications Viagra, Levitra and Cialis also come under the heading. As a result, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced label changes for the ED drugs that highlight this...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd October 2007
Two genes have been discovered that cause ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an inflammatory and potentially disabling kind of arthritis. AS potentially leads to complete fusion of the spine, leaving patients unable to straighten or bend. It can also target other joints and organs. It mainly affects patients in their teens, 20s or 30s. Scientists already knew that the HLA-B27 gene accounts for 40 per...

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