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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th October 2007
The life expectancy of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not improved in the last four decades, according to a new US study. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that between 1965 and 2005, mortality rates for female and male RA subjects remained relatively constant at 2.4 and 2.5 per 100 person-years compared to significant decreases in the mortality rate of the general...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th October 2007
Women who have hysterectomies for non-life threatening conditions double their risk of needing stress urinary incontinence surgery (SUIS), according to new research. These conditions, known as 'benign indications', include uterine prolapse, irregular and heavy menstrual bleeding and postmenopausal bleeding. Swedish investigators conducted a 30-year study of 165,260 women who had had a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th October 2007
Drugs used to treat high blood pressure could help patients with Alzheimer's disease. Scientists from the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City screened 1,500 commercially-available drugs using mice and found seven of the 55 drugs commonly prescribed for the treatment of hypertension would help prevent beta-amyloid production, which is known to lead to Alzheimer's. Lead researcher Dr Giulio Maria...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th October 2007
Residents and staff at Kenwyn Care Home have enjoyed their Chef's Competition Day. The fun kicked off with a party hosted by two clowns and featuring frolics of both a magical and musical nature. Then in the evening the main dining room became a galley as the residents boarded ship for a night-time spectacular entitled The Pirates Of Penzance: Kenwyn Go To The Caribbean. Pirate Bill was on top...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th October 2007
An enzyme that plays an important role in reducing heart disease has been identified. US researchers found that the enzyme, cholesteryl ester hydrolase (CEH), controls the amount of cholesterol that can be removed by high density lipoprotein (HDL) or so-called 'good cholesterol'. In the animal study, increasing the removal of cholesterol led to a reduction in the number of plaques in the coronary...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
Not smoking, eating healthily and exercising regularly cuts a woman's risk of heart attack dramatically, according to new research. Although fewer women die from coronary heart disease, the percentage of sudden deaths from it is higher and the decline in incidence slower among the female population. A team of researchers from Stockholm examined the eating habits of 24,444 postmenopausal women....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
A new study has revealed that the brain communicates directly with the immune system, governing the body's response to infection. The findings centre on the role of the vagus nerve, which the study suggests could inhibit rogue inflammatory response and treat a number of diseases when stimulated. Located in the brainstem, the vagus nerve goes from the brain to the abdomen via the heart. In today's...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th October 2007
Women who put on weight as they progress through adulthood have a greater risk of contracting breast cancer than those who maintain a constant weight, it has been revealed.Previous research has demonstrated that an obese post-menopausal woman has a higher risk of developing breast cancer.This is because oestrogen can build up in fat tissue, increasing the likelihood of cancerous cells growing in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2007
Sleep deprivation can cause people to overreact to negative experiences, according to new research. The study from Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Berkeley found that exhaustion leads to the shutdown of the prefrontal lobe, the area of the mind which controls our emotions. "It is almost as though, without sleep, the brain reverts back to a more primitive pattern of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2007
Smokers aged over 65 kick the habit for very different reasons to their younger peers, a study has revealed. Whereas smokers under 65 cited cost and the unpleasant smell, along with general health concerns, as the main reasons for giving up, older respondents said physician pressure and stress due to a major health problem were their main motivators. Lead study author Dr Virginia Reichert said: "...

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