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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
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
Diabetes UK has called on the government to take urgent action to help combat the growing problem of Type 2 diabetes. According to the charity, lifestyle changes can reduce new cases of the condition by 58 per cent. There are a total of 2.3 million Britons who have diabetes, with a 100,000 increase in the last year, according to figures from GPs. The vast majority have Type 2 and it is believed...
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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th November 2007
New research has raised hopes that a vaccine could be developed to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease. The animal study was carried out by scientists from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. They immunised genetically-modified mice with a protein called memapsin 2, which leads to the formation of the protein fragments believed to cause Alzheimer's. The vaccinated mice developed 35 per...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th November 2007
Giving nursing home residents glasses can reduce their susceptibility to depression, according to new US research. Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham studied 142 nursing home residents aged 55 or above. They divided the residents into two groups: 78 residents were given eyeglasses one week after check-up, while 64 received eyeglasses two months after check-up. At the two-...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th November 2007
Around 25 per cent of men admitted to hospital with acute urinary retention (AUR) die within a year, a new study has determined. A study published in the British Medical Journal concludes that mortality for men over 45 hospitalised for AUR is two to three times higher than for the general male population. AUR often results from an increase in the size of the prostate gland among middle-aged and...

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