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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th December 2007
Genetically engineered cells could reduce the risk of a fatal condition which occurs after a heart attack, according to scientists. Research by the University of Bonn suggests that if the cells are transplanted into the heart they could prevent ventricular tachycardia, a type of arrhythmia, which can cause sudden death after a heart attack. The study, which appears in Nature, tested the effects...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
7th December 2007
An independent living strategy for disabled people is to be launched next year by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI). The new legislation is part of government plans to create equality for disabled people by 2025. An expert panel including disabled people and chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell has been set up to shape and steer the review. It will publish a five-year strategy to provide...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th December 2007
The Alzheimer's Society has claimed the NHS is wasting money on prescribing on unnecessary sedative drugs to dementia sufferers. Antipsychotic drugs are supposedly being prescribed to over 100,000 people with dementia. The charity says research shows that these medicines have minimal benefits and dangerous side effects. The society believes that the money used to pay for the drugs should be spent...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th December 2007
The Alzheimer's Society has claimed the NHS is wasting money on prescribing on unnecessary sedative drugs to dementia sufferers. Antipsychotic drugs are supposedly being prescribed to over 100,000 people with dementia. The charity says research shows that these medicines have minimal benefits and dangerous side effects. The society believes that the money used to pay for the drugs should be spent...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th December 2007
A lack of physical activity can lead to mental health problems, according to experts.Evidence presented at the British Nutrition Foundation conference shows showed that not getting enough physical exertion can cause dementia and depression, reports the BBC.Professor Nannette Mutrie, an expert in exercise and sport psychology at the University of Strathclyde, told the conference that it is only...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th December 2007
The fight to get early-stage Alzheimer's sufferers access to new drugs on the NHS is being taken to the Court of Appeal. Pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Pfizer claim that treating people in the early stages of Alzheimer's could stall the effects of the disease. Earlier this year the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (Nice) decision to restrict access of three acetyl...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th December 2007
A pill which has the same effect as a workout could delay age-related diseases, according to scientists. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine claim that by boosting metabolism the pill could cut the risk of obesity and increase defences against a number of other conditions such as diabetes. During initial tests mice which were bred with high levels of the protein UCP1,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th December 2007
A new set of priorities has been drawn up by a group of medical experts to improve care for long-term conditions, it has been reported. The proposals include creating a clinical navigator, providing easier access to advice and support for health care professionals and speeding up communication between staff. Dr Chris Trzcinskil, chairman of the Leicester Professional Executive Committee, told...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th December 2007
The government has announced a review into the social care systems for older people today. Ivan Lewis, the minister for social care, made the announcements in London at a conference on the commissioning of care for older people. The government has said it would look to crack down on poor quality care homes and attempt to challenge pre-conceptions surrounding the role of the older people in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th December 2007
A new two-in-one test has the potential to save lives of heart attack victims, according to new research. The test pairs two sets of findings to doctors to identify patients who face the most risk after an initial heart attack. According to the NHS, approximately 300,000 people suffer from a heart attack each year. Researchers at the University of Calgary's Libin Cardiovascular Institute in...

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