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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd May 2018
One third of pensioners in the UK are affected by medication harm, according to a new report. Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and King’s College London found that the elderly are often prescribed up to nine medications, which when combined can have a detrimental impact on health. Many of these patients are being discharged from hospital with a cocktail of drugs that can do them...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th May 2018
Robots could soon become a common sight in care homes across the country, as a new EU-funded trial scheme looks to take the strain off over-burdened carers. From September, a number of humanoid robots will be rolled out to see if they can fulfil the needs of residents, or whether the human touch is really necessary. The £2.5 million initiative will involve four-foot robots, known as Pepper, which...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th May 2018
Alzheimer’s patients are being encouraged to take part in medical trials, as it not only helps to advance science, but could aid their wellbeing too. People who agree to try out drugs that have not yet been brought to market can see their symptoms reduced and ability to live independently prolonged. John O'Brien, professor of old age psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and chair of the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th May 2018
Living with osteoarthritis, which can often affect the elderly, can be an incredibly painful experience, but scientists have revealed some of the most effective ways to relieve the symptoms. According to researchers from the University of Surrey, just one gram of fish oil daily can help to reduce inflammation and therefore ease the pain. Similarly, vitamin k is good for osteoarthritis patients as...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd May 2018
Modern day patients with dementia are living for a shorter period with the disease, a new study has found. Scientists at the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer's & Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas, San Antonio have discovered that people are being diagnosed later in life than previous generations. Over the past 30 years, the average age to be diagnosed with dementia has...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th April 2018
Falls are one of the biggest risk factors for losing an independent way of life and causing the deterioration of health in the elderly population. They can lead to broken bones, fractures, head injuries and hospital stays, which can all have a lasting impact on the over-65s. Now, mounting research suggests that it is exercise that is the best way of preventing falls in this most at-risk...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd April 2018
Patients suffering from dementia are 17 per cent more likely to be given prescriptions for medications they don’t need. According to a study carried out by the University of Sydney, those with the neurodegenerative condition are often given drugs to treat ailments such as acid reflux, when they are not required. Dr Danijela Gnjidic, lead author of the research, said: “Our study found that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th April 2018
Scientists have succeeded in neutralising a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in human brain cells for the first time. The researchers, from the biomedical research organisation Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, turned off a protein linked to the apoE4 gene. In doing this, they have prevented it from being able to damage nerve cells, which in turn leads to dementia. It is hoped that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th April 2018
Most Alzheimer’s diagnoses occur after symptoms have presented themselves, offering little hope for the patient, as the condition is already at an advanced stage. This could be about to change, however, as researchers have put forward a proposal for the disease to be defined by biology instead of signs of memory loss and cognitive decline. The framework is a collaboration between the Alzheimer’s...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th April 2018
People grow just as many new brain cells in their old age as they do when they’re younger, according to new research.  A study carried out by scientists at Columbia University has found that healthy participants as old as 79 can generate the same number of brain cells as a 14-year-old. The question of whether adults can grow new neurons is one that has been contested in the scientific community...

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