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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
Minocycline could help to reduce disabilities in people who have had strokes, it has been claimed. A recent study published in the Neurology journal found that people treated with the drug within six to 24 hours of a stroke had fewer disabilities. The researchers also discovered that those given minocycline performed four times better on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale than...
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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that drugs intended for Alzheimer's patients could help breast cancer sufferers. The drug works by attacking the Notch gene, which stimulates cancer cells, thereby reducing the likelihood of the disease recurring. The development is particularly exciting because the drug, a class of gamma secretase inhibitor, has already undergone...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
Poor sleep leads to worse physical function during the daytime in elderly women, according to new research. The study from the University of Pittsburgh found that women who slept less than six hours per night walked 3.5 per cent more slowly than those who slept six to 6.8 hours. In terms of performance, the optimum amount of sleep was 6.8 to 7.5 hours. Insomnia affects almost half of adults 60...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
High blood pressure could be caused by being overweight in as many as 50 per cent of cases, a new Italian study suggests. After six months on a reduced-calorie diet, half of overweight, hypertensive adults under observation achieved normal body weight and blood pressure. Some 49 percent of female and 53 percent of male participants achieved body weight reduction and normalization, representing...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2007
All alcohol influences the risk of developing the cancer, with the quantity consumed the important factor, rather than the type of beverage. One of the largest studies of alcohol and breast cancer risk ever undertaken has concluded that whether you drink wine, beer or spirits is irrelevant. Instead, what matters is total alcohol intake. The research reveals that women who drink between one and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2007
A new study has suggested that meditation is an effective therapy for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. Devised by Dr Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a meditation programme that teaches participants to relate differently to thoughts and emotions. It works on the premise that continually focusing the mind on...

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