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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 study has suggested that asthma can be triggered by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of its effects on the immune system. Researchers looked at male twins in order to discount genetic factors in the study and found that those who suffered from the most PTSD symptoms were 2.3 times as likely to have asthma compared to those who suffered from the least PTSD symptoms. Dr Renee...
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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th November 2007
Genes play a leading role in age-related hearing loss, new research suggests. The third most common chronic disability among adults, loss of hearing can indirectly lead to cognitive decline due to the extra perceptual effort required when listening. Research involving 179 identical and 150 fraternal male twin pairs found that two-thirds of hearing loss in the subjects' better ears and one-half of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th November 2007
US researchers have identified a potential treatment for Parkinson's Disease (PD). A study by scientists from Rush University Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Yale University found that the levels of the protein NF-kB are higher in the midbrain of humans and mice with PD. The researchers were then able to use peptides, small proteins which were injected into the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th November 2007
Residents and staff of Chorleywood Beaumont are celebrating after raising £400 for charity. The money is going to Macmillan Cancer Support and was raised through a charity auction. Lots included portraits by local artists, meals in local restaurants, vouchers for personal fitness training, furniture and autographs from Eastenders actors. The cheque was presented to the charity at an evening party...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th November 2007
Female residents at Chorleywood Beaumont enjoyed having makeovers when beauty practitioners paid their home a visit. Virgin Vie cosmetics came to the home for an evening of pampering and beautification. Residents luxuriated as they had their makeup done, awaiting the results of the transformation. They had the opportunity to buy the products once the results were revealed. Demand was so great...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th November 2007
Ultrasound imaging is a better tool for determining whether ovarian tumours are benign or malignant than the traditional pre-surgical blood test, a new study has determined. The level of the protein CA-125 in blood is considered an indicator of the tumour's status, but this method frequently yields inaccurate results. Scientists from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium compared the two...

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