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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,...
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
28th November 2007
Treating depression can prolong the lives of elderly people with diabetes, according to new research. A team from the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Philadelphia studied primary care patients over five years and found that depressed diabetics who were treated for depression were half as likely to die then those who were not, reported Diabetes Care. Dr...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th November 2007
An adult social care service is celebrating attaining top marks from the government by screening an award winning film made by community members with learning difficulties. A screening of the award winning 'Germ Academy' short film will take place this Thursday to celebrate Somerset County Council receiving three stars from the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Miriam Maddison, community...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th November 2007
People are at increased risk of disability and memory loss after a stroke if they have low levels of "good" cholesterol, according to new research. The study also showed that high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid found in meat, can increase risk levels. Researchers tested 3,680 people who had suffered a mild or moderate stroke over a two year period and found that people with low levels of "...
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
27th November 2007
The Skills for Care and Development body is developing a new qualification for social care which will be valid throughout Europe. The UK body is collaborating with organisations in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Romania to establish the European Care Licence (ECL). The ECL is to be launched across Europe in October next year. Richard Banks, head of workforce development at Skills for Care...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th November 2007
The Skills for Care and Development body is developing a new qualification for social care which will be valid throughout Europe. The UK body is collaborating with organisations in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Romania to establish the European Care Licence (ECL). The ECL is to be launched across Europe in October next year. Richard Banks, head of workforce development at Skills for Care...
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...

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