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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th March 2019
A drug designed to treat liver failure could help in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, after it was discovered that it may have more than one use. Lonafarnib has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. It was developed as a therapy for hepatitis D, but scientists at the University of California have discovered it also curbs brain degeneration. This is...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th March 2019
It’s widely accepted that an early diagnosis is key to tackling dementia, but once the most obvious symptoms have appeared it’s too late. Now, scientists believe that a clue linked to vision could be among the earliest telltale signs. If you notice that yourself or a loved one is struggling to recognise colours, it’s time to seek a medical opinion. Alzheimers.net revealed that not being able to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th March 2019
Memory loss is a common worry for people as they age, but it may not be an inevitable part of getting older. That is according to scientists at the Molecular Biology Centre (CBMSO) in Spain, who have found that brain cells continue to grow even as an individual hits 90. Experts have known for a long time that the hippocampus shrinks with age and as this is the memory centre of the brain, can lead...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2019
The battle against superbugs is putting elderly people at risk of sepsis, which can be fatal, experts have warned. It stems from the pressure being put on GPs to cut down on the number of antibiotics they prescribe, as infections become resistant to them, reports the Daily Mail. Local health boards get extra payments from the NHS when doctors give out fewer drugs and in 2015 there was even a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2019
An innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease has been tested on people for the first time. Participants have had glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) delivered directly to the brain by way of a port in the side of the head. Their brains were then scanned and compared with those who had been given a placebo. Those who received the drug displayed visual evidence of improvements in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th February 2019
Free condoms are to be given out to over-60s by the NHS, after a startling increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) being reported by the demographic. The campaign is the first of its kind and particularly targets baby boomers. While the threat of unwanted pregnancies has passed, there is still the chance of other issues associated with sexual activity. For many of this...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th February 2019
Old age could become more bearable for millions of people if an existing antidepressant is found to fulfil its potential in the battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists at Cambridge University believe that trazodone could slow down the progression of the neurodegenerative conditions. The fact that the medicine is already licensed in the UK and is taken by those suffering...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th February 2019
We’re deep into flu season and if you have elderly relatives then you are likely to be concerned that they could be struck down. But why are the over-65s so susceptible to influenza when we know that the immune system becomes stronger over time as it is exposed to viruses? This is a question that has never been fully answered before, but now, a team at the University of Chicago has made a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th January 2019
For many older people, mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety can be just as big a concern as physical conditions such as arthritis and vision loss. Often, the mental and the physical are very closely linked when it comes to maintaining good overall health, as was recently highlighted in a study carried out in the US. A team from Columbia University conducted cross-sectional...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th January 2019
Yoga has become something of a health craze in recent decades. It originated in India some 5,000 years ago and is now commonly practiced in leisure centres, health clubs, hospitals and homes all over the UK. For older people who have questions about how this form of exercise could possibly benefit them, a major new research project being carried out at Northumbria University could soon deliver...

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