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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st November 2007
A new cancer treatment works against affected cells by over-activating them, researchers have discovered. Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre have discovered the new bortezomib drug is able to push melanoma tumour cells into over-drive until they self destruct. Bortezomib causes the c-MYC oncogene to overproduce a cell death promoter called NOXA. The oncogenes...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st November 2007
A recent study has shown that computer-based training programmes can rejuvenate elderly people's memories by up to ten years. Research carried out by the Mayo Clinic and the University of Southern California showed that participants who used Brain Fitness training software rather than a conventional educational programme showed a greater mental improvement. After using US company Posit Science's...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st November 2007
New research has shown that a commonly-used heart device does not worsen the quality of a patient's life. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) sense when the heart is beating too fast or erratically and provide a potentially life saving shock to correct it. Over a 36-month study there were no detectable differences in quality of life between patients treated with ICDs and those...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th November 2007
The first gene-based therapy for Parkinson's disease has proven effective after initial brain scans of patients. In the on-going trials, patients' brains were injected with a harmless, genetically modified virus to dampen down the overactive nerve cells which interfere with Parkinson's sufferers' movement control. Patients showed signs of progress one month after treatment, while three to six...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th November 2007
Scientists have discovered how certain tumours are missed by the body's natural defences, according to research published this week. The findings are based on the examinations of immune systems in healthy individuals. The group, based at King's College London, believe their discoveries could lead to better treatments for cancers and tumours. The research revealed that regulatory T-cells working...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th November 2007
A new strategy for dealing with rheumatoid arthritis has been developed by researchers from RTI International University, North Carolina. According to their report, combining a well-known synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs with one of six biologic medications often works best to reduce the joint swelling and tenderness associated with the condition. Dr Carolyn Clancy, director of the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th November 2007
Scientists at the Bristol Heart Institution have found that a naturally-occurring protein could have a protective effect on heart muscle cells after a heart attack. The new research shows that Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) could provide a way of protecting heart attack victims from further damage. Heart attacks cause massive cell death in and around the affected area which places extra stress on the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th November 2007
The government is being urged to introduce a national screening programme to check for a deadly blood condition, reports the Times. According to the newspaper, doctors believe delays in introducing a screening programme could be responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Two years after the government was urged by health professional to introduce a national screening programme for aortic...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th November 2007
Regular hearing tests for the over-55s could be introduced within five years according to a government advisor. Professor Andrew Davis led an NHS trial of 35,000 people across Britain. It revealed tests could offer 'substantial benefits' and good value for money. The trial utilised a 30 second test capable of identifying those who need hearing aids by producing sounds at different levels....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th November 2007
A new method to tackle depression has been devised in Australia entitled the Men's Shed movement. There are 216 situated across the country and they act as workshops where men can talk about problems of depression and loneliness in an informal situation, reports the BBC. Kevin Hardacre, an 80-year-old who uses one of the facilities in Sydney, said the initiative has been a great help to him. He...

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