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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th September 2007
Scientists have discovered that an antidepressant called citalopram may be as effective at treating dementia as a commonly-prescribed drug. According to the Toronto-based research group, citalopram may perform as well as the antipsychotic risperidone in the management of severe agitation and psychosis associated with dementia. The findings could open new avenues for drug treatment with fewer...
7th September 2007
A new study has shed light on the genes involved in rheumatoid arthritis. An international team of researchers from Sweden, the USA and Singapore has compared the genomes of over 15,000 rheumatics with those of a 1,850 control group. The analysis was executed in Singapore using the very latest genomic techniques. In addition to confirming a known link between two genes and the disease, their...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th September 2007
More than 40 per cent of premature heart attacks would be avoided were screening introduced for middle-aged people with a family history of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to an article in the British Medical Journal. Siblings of heart attack patients are most at risk, while the threat increases further if more than one member of the family has CHD. Using data from previous studies, the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th September 2007
There is new hope for those in need of hip, or other joint, replacements as engineers have developed a new technique for growing cartilage from human embryonic stem cells. The team from Rice University found that cartilages can be generated that mimic the different types of cartilage found in the human body. They hope the technique can be adapted to produce the robust cartilage sections that can...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th September 2007
Following the publication of new research into the effects of food colouring on children's behaviour, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has highlighted the measures industry is taking to reduce the possible effects on behaviour. A study carried out at Southampton University, on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), found that consuming certain mixes of artificial colourings as well as...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th September 2007
US researchers have discovered a mechanism that will improve understanding of the memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. They found that the protein that is known to build up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, amyloid-beta (A-beta), overexcites the brain networks responsible for learning and memory. Senior author Dr Lennart Mucke said: "We were really surprised by these findings because A...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th September 2007
Eating whole-grain products at breakfast time can help keep blood sugar levels in check throughout the rest of the day, a new study has revealed. Combining low GI (glycemic index) and indigestible carbohydrates, grain products are insulin efficient and induce a feeling of satiety. The dissertation from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University offers hope for the management of metabolic...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th September 2007
Bacteria geared to oxygen-free environments can be used to target cancer tumours, scientists said today. Anaerobic bacteria are an ideal agent for treating cancer because the majority of solid tumours contain areas of low oxygen or dead tissue. The medical community is keen to develop gene therapies, since radiotherapy and chemotherapy are ineffective for about half of cancer sufferers....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th September 2007
Fatty deposits in the hearts of pre-diabetic people can be detected long before symptoms appear using a simple imaging technique developed by US researchers. The technique captures the signal from a beating heart as a patient resides in an ordinary magnet used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning. Previous studies had shown that fat builds up in the hearts of people with heart failure or...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th September 2007
Studying highly-detailed images of fruit flies is giving scientists insights into human brain function. Using an imaging technique called optical projection tomography, scientists from the Medical Research Council have generated 3D images of the inside of a fruit fly for the first time. Lead researcher Dr Mary O'Connell said that her team had used the images to build upon existing knowledge about...

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