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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st November 2018
Routine breast cancer screening should continue for women well into their 70s, according to a leading charity, which warns that the risks increase as individuals age. Elizabeth Wende Breast Center in New York has made the statements after significant research. In the UK, women stop being invited for screenings when they reach 70, but this does not mean that they are no longer susceptible to the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th November 2018
A simple neck scan that takes less than five minutes could be an important indicator that patients will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Long before symptoms appear in an individual, damage to the brain can be identified through measuring their pulse. This is according to a study from University College London (UCL), which suggests the pulse in the neck can indicate future memory problems in old age...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th November 2018
Innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) are being developed that could drastically reduce the time it takes for doctors to diagnose a patient with Alzheimer's Disease. New research has been carried out by the Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Department at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) that has used self-learning computer software to recognise features in brain scans...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th October 2018
Injecting blood from younger people can help to ease the symptoms of elderly dementia patients, it has been found. Scientists at Stanford University in the US discovered that those who were given the transfusions were able to cope better with their daily lives. The care staff looking after the 18 participants in the study said that there was a noticeable difference in being able to perform...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th October 2018
A common additive in Chinese food could help to boost the memory in dementia patients. That’s according to scientists at Tottori University in Japan, where tests were conducted on 200 people battling the condition. They found that the monosodium glutamate (MSG) in dishes like sweet and sour prawns and chicken chow mein could actually have health benefits. It comes after years of concerns about...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th October 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to help diagnose dementia in future in bid to be more accurate and create better treatments. Researchers at University College London (UCL) have developed a computer algorithm which can learn to recognise different types of dementia from MRI brain scans. The reason this could be a significant breakthrough is because many types of the neurodegenerative...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2018
Eating a diet rich in oily fish can help to lead to a healthier old age, according to a new study in the US. The research was carried out by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. They found that those with high levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from seafood had a 24 per cent lower chance of being unhealthy in their old age. The study...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2018
Cutting back on fat is one of the biggest health messages of the modern age, but it could be putting the elderly at risk. Some 1.3 million pensioners are suffering from malnutrition and are being encouraged to go against received wisdom to put cream in their coffee and fry their food. Dr Simon Gabe is the president of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and a consultant...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th October 2018
Giving up on life can have serious consequences and even lead to death in just a few days, according to scientists from Portsmouth University. Psychogenic death or ‘give-up-itis’ is a real medical condition and has been explored more thoroughly in the new research. The study found that people can die in as little as three days in the wake of a traumatic life event, if they cannot see a way to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2018
Scientists have made a breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s with an approach to treating the condition that has been hailed as a ‘world first’. In a project involving experts from Cambridge University and Sweden, a formula has been developed to target the toxic particles in the brain that cause the disease. If the work continues to progress in such a positive fashion, clinical tests on...

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