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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th November 2007
New research has shown that an antibiotic usually used to treat acne may be effective for stroke patients.A trial carried out at the Tel Aviv University in Israel showed that if minocycline was administered within 24 hours of a stroke it reduced the risk of brain damage and physical and mental impairment.When the 150 patients tested were reviewed five days later, those who had been taking the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th November 2007
A new £19 million mental health hospital has opened its doors today in Glasgow. Patients and staff were involved in the design of the Gartnavel Royal Hospital which is aimed at transforming perceptions of mental health hospitals. The new building has six different wards and 117 single ensuite rooms. It also has a community cafe, a patient gym and a family friendly room for patients with children...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th November 2007
Hundreds" of strokes could be prevented each year if patients suffering minor attacks were assessed sooner, according to researchers. The team, from the University of Manchester, found that nearly two-thirds of people suffering from transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) also know as 'mini strokes' were not seen soon enough by a suitable trained professional. Dr Craig Smith, who led the research team...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th November 2007
Regularly eating two portions of wholegrain a day could reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to new research. A study of more than 2,000 men and women, conducted by the University of California, showed those who ate at least two helpings reduced their risk of developing the disease by up to 40 per cent. Recommended foods included wholemeal bread, brown rice and porridge. The...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd November 2007
A conference to highlight issues affecting how the elderly are treated in hospital is being held for staff at an NHS trust next month. The West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust is running the event on December 14th. Guest speakers include Deborah Sturdy, the Department of Health's nurse advisor for older people, while representatives from a learning disabilities group in west Hertfordshire and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd November 2007
Recent research has shown that vitamin E may help diabetics prevent heart disease. A team from the Technion-Israel Institute has revealed in a paper published in the journal Diabetes Care that about 40 per cent of diabetes patients can reduce their risk of a heart attack or heart disease by taking the vitamin. Led by Dr Andrew Levy, the team had previously discovered that diabetics with the blood...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd November 2007
New research has demonstrated that an antidepressant drug could potentially increase life expectancy. The drug, called mianserin, works by tricking the brain into believing it is starving. Previous studies have shown that reducing the amount animals eat can extend their lives by 30 per cent and now this could be possible for humans without the pain of actually going hungry. Professor Linda Buck...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd November 2007
A new study suggests that eating fish may be the solution to preventing "senior moments" such as losing your keys and glasses. Dr A David Smith of Oxford University found that the more regularly elderly men and women eat fish the better they score on memory, visual conception, spatial motor skills and verbal fluency tests. Over 2,000 Norwegians, aged over 70, were assessed by Dr Smith and his...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd November 2007
A 94 year-old widow suffering from dementia has won a high court battle with the NHS over payment of her nursing fees.Hilda Atkinson, a resident at Consort Village Care Centre in Plymouth, fought a legal battle with the support of her family against the authorities to force them to recognise that she required the free 24-hour nursing care available on the NHS.This was opposed to the "social care...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd November 2007
A team of scientists from Bristol University are investigating the cause of blood vessel leaks which occur in Alzheimer's sufferers. They hope that this research will enable them to pinpoint why some people suffer from the disease and others don't. In Alzheimer's disease an abnormal protein, amyloid, builds up in the walls of blood vessels and makes them leaky. This can potentially damage...

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