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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th September 2007
Dudwell St Mary joined forces with a local primary school to raise awareness of World Alzheimer's Day 2007 on Friday. The parents and children are encouraged to make a small donation of £1 in aid of the Hastings Alzheimer's Society. Children from Burwash Primary School were asked to create a 'Magical Memories Box' comprising three items for special days or occasions. The theme of the day was...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2007
The elderly are more prone to unintended racism, depression and problem gambling because of brain shrinkage over time, a new study has shown.University of Queensland psychologist Bill von Hippel has found that atrophy within the frontal lobes reduces our inhibitions as we grow older.The frontal lobes are responsible for executive functions, including planning, controlling, and inhibiting thoughts...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2007
New findings call into question the ability of vitamin E to reduce oxidative stress. A new study in Free Radical Biology and Medicine has found that the levels of vitamin E necessary to reduce oxidative stress are four to eight times higher than those used in almost all previous clinical trials. Co-author Dr Balz Frei said this meant all past research had been "fatally flawed". He continued: "A...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2007
The first molecular urine test for diagnosing prostate cancer has been launched in London. Progensa PCA3 uses a genetic marker that is only increased in cancerous prostate tissue, making it a more specific indicator of cancer than other diagnostic markers such as PSA, thereby potentially reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies. Dr Chris Hiley: "The test has the potential to make a big...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st September 2007
Scientists have long known that calorific restriction can extend life expectancy, but now new research is unlocking the secrets of the process. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, working with scientists from Cornell Medical School and the National Institutes of Health, have discovered two genes in mammal cells that direct cellular longevity, SIRT3 and SIRT4. Senior author David Sinclair...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st September 2007
Dudwell St Mary has entered a team into the tenth annual 'Funraisers' Dragon Boat Festival. Led by general manager Geoff Price, the Barchester Bravehearts raised money for the local Hastings Alzheimer's Society. Mr Pride, an experienced open-canoeist, has competed in two previous Dragon Boat races, while Greig Fulton, from Barchester's Inverness Office, is a member of Inverness Rowing Club. Other...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
Elderly patients who are underweight experience more cognitive decline over time than peers with higher body masses, according to Chicago scientists. Furthermore, being obese does not increase one's risk of developing memory problems, though remains medically inadvisable in light of its link to heart disease and stroke. The six-year study involved 3,885 people aged over 65. Study author Dr...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
US researchers have published the results of their genome-wide examination of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other disorders. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and cigarette smoking are among the influences considered by the landmark Framingham Heart Study (FHS). Lead author Dr Philip Wolf commented: "It is our hope that the results from the genome-wide association study will...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
Women with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to suffer a hip fracture, according to a new study. A seven-year study of 400 women determined that those whose vitamin D levels were lowest had a 77 per cent higher chance of experiencing a hip fracture. Lead researcher Dr Jane Cauley, who specialises in postmenopausal women, commented: "The risk of hip fractures was 77 percent higher among...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th September 2007
Europe is a major player to the global cancer research effort, according to the second European Cancer Research Managers Forum (ECRM) study. The survey shows that Europe and the USA generate similar numbers of cancer research publications. Per capita, the average spend across Europe is €3.42 (£2.37), a 34 per cent increase since the 2005 survey. Despite a narrowing of the gap, this remains well...

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