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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...
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
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...

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