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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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd December 2007
New research has identified a potential early warning system for lung cancer. Researchers from the University of Nottingham claim that changes in the blood which signal the presence of lung cancer can be detected years in advance of any apparent outward symptoms. In collaboration with researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany, the team from Nottingham tested samples from 50...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd December 2007
The government has today unveiled a five-year strategy to introduce a new system of cancer care. Plans were unveiled by health secretary Alan Johnson to offer improved support services for sufferers. An investment of £370 million by 2010 has also been proposed. Gordon Brown described the plan as "a road map to a higher standard of care available to all" and a way of showing that his government...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd December 2007
Total hip arthoplasty (THA), or hip replacement, has a long-term positive effect on osteoarthritis (OA) patients physical functioning, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Southampton studied 282 patients over an eight-year period, in one of the first studies to follow people over a year after the replacement took place. The patients were interviewed, had their BMI taken...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2007
A new test could give doctors a head start in diagnosing which patents are most likely to suffer from a heart attack. Developed by researchers at the University of Leeds, the test could prevent people from being admitted to hospital needlessly, leaving doctors free to focus their attention on other patients. According to Professor Alistair Hall, casualty departments regularly see patients...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2007
Scientists have discovered a method of reversing the effects of aging on mice's skin. The researchers, from Stanford University, hope that one day the work could be useful in helping older people heal from an injury as quickly as they did when they were younger. According to Dr Howard Chang, the senior author of the study, this work supports the notion that aging is the result of specific genetic...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2007
Council care services are to still receive marks for performances despite the star ratings system expected end after next year. The star ratings, which were published for 2007 yesterday, annual performance assessment and joint area review are expected to be replaced by the comprehensive area assessment (CAA) in 2009. This was detailed in the government's Strong and prosperous communities white...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2007
Council care services are to still receive marks for performances despite the star ratings system expected end after next year. The star ratings, which were published for 2007 yesterday, annual performance assessment and joint area review are expected to be replaced by the comprehensive area assessment (CAA) in 2009. This was detailed in the government's Strong and prosperous communities white...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th November 2007
Having high blood pressure or hypertension can heighten the effect of Alzheimer's Disease, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have claimed that high blood pressure reduces blood flow in the brain in Alzheimer's patients. Throughout the study 68 elderly people were tested. Those with Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment and hypertension were found to have...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th November 2007
County council social services have improved their performances for the fifth consecutive year, according to the latest survey from the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). The CSCI awarded the higher marks of two and three stars to 81 per cent of councils as opposed to 78 per cent last year. A total of 48 councils scored the top marks of three stars while, for the second year running,...

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