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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
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...
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...
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
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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd October 2007
The more conscientious you are, the less likely you are to develop Alzheimer's disease in old age. That is according to a long-term US study, which used questionnaires to rate participants' self-discipline in 1994 and last year conducted follow-up examinations. Some 176 individuals developed Alzheimer's disease in the 12-year interval. Those who had conscientiousness scores in the 90th percentile...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd October 2007
New research has revealed that older women who experience panic attacks could be at a greater risk of heart attacks or strokes. Featured in the latest issue of Archives of general Psychiatry, the study conducted by Jordan W Smoller of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston included monitoring healthy post-menopausal women for more than five years. Following the tests, the researchers discovered...

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