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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th October 2007
Mothers with wide, round hips are three times more likely to give birth to daughters who will go on to develop breast cancer than mothers with narrower hips. Researchers from the US, UK and Finland hypothesised that wide hips indicate higher concentrations of sex hormone, "which persist after puberty and adversely affect breast development of the daughters in early gestation". A woman's risk of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th October 2007
Scientists have identified a gene which, when mutated, can increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer by over a third. Using computer modelling, the team of international researchers found that the gene, HMMR, interacts with the well-known breast cancer gene BRCA1. Like BRCA1, HMMR can cause genetic instability if altered, potentially leading to out-of-control cell division and the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th October 2007
Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can slow the progress of the disease by reducing their intake of refined carbohydrates, according to a new study. Researchers from Tufts University found that patients who ate the most foods with a high glycemic index (GI) were 17 per cent more likely to develop blinding AMD than the group that consumed the least. The GI determines how quickly...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th October 2007
Scientists in Florida gave new hope to heart disease patients after they launched a new study to test whether stem cells injected into the heart will prompt new vessels to grow and thus restore blood flow. The experimental tests will be carried out on patients with severe coronary artery disease and chest pain who have failed to respond to traditional medications or surgical procedures such as...
4th October 2007
West Oak care home has donated £374 to the Alzheimer's society after a successful fundraising drive by residents, relatives and staff. Representatives from the home in Murray Road, Wokingham, presented the cheque to Norman Miller, chair of the Wokingham branch of the society and his fellow society member Mac McBratney. The money was raised during the West Oak Summer Fete that was held earlier...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th October 2007
Scientists have discovered a link between the mutated protein that causes early-onset Alzheimer's disease and that which leads to its late-onset counterpart. The study focused on amyloid precursor protein (APP) and a form of the gene for the protein apolipoprotein E (apoE), both of which have been linked to a greater risk of late-onset Alzheimer's. Mutated APP is known to result in a build-up of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th October 2007
A German study has revealed that when it comes to heart disease, the side of the organ affected is crucial to determining the risk posed to relatives of the patient. Healthy people with a sibling suffering from left main coronary heart disease (LMD) were 2.5 times more likely to go on to develop some form of heart disease than those with a sibling with another manifestation of the disease. The...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd October 2007
Women fear contracting Alzheimer's disease more than they do cancer, despite the latter causing ten times more deaths per year. Research by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Prevention of 800 women between the ages of 18 and 93 also discovered that less than 33 per cent of respondents are putting in practice vetted ways to reduce the risk of cancer. On top of this, 42 per cent...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd October 2007
A better understanding of the genetic processes behind the pigmentation of flowers and plants could lead to the colourings being used to fight cancer and heart disease, scientists have said. Scientists John Innes Centre and Institute of Food Research in Norwich have identified a key group of enzymes involved in the production of plant pigments. The pigments, called anthocyanins, are what give...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd October 2007
Scientists have conducted a study into the common genetic variations that are associated with side effects from radiotherapy. Researchers at the University of Manchester discussed their study at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Birmingham this week. At present, half of cancer patients receive radiotherapy but this dose is sometimes limited due to the possibility of side...

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