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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
3rd September 2007
Viruses found in a picture-perfect Cambridge river could generate the next wave of antibiotics, scientists said today. Experts speaking at the Society for General Microbiology's 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh said that infections could be treated using viruses which target specific bacteria. These viruses, which are called phages, do not disturb the normal microbial balance in the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2007
An Israeli doctor has developed a new method to combat wrinkly skin. Dr Orit Bossi from the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences has isolated a plant-based antioxidant that counteracts the breakdown of collagen fibres in the skin. Dr Bossi remarked: "A problem with many of the commercial antioxidants found today in the market that are said to retard...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2007
New details about the mechanism by which cancer cells multiply have been revealed by Japanese researchers. Scientists from the University of Yamanashi have identified a protein which plays a crucial role in the aggregation of platelets induced by cancer. Cancer cells release chemicals that enabling them to bind to the inside of blood vessels and thus evade the immune system. One of these...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th August 2007
Inflammation, a bodily mechanism which usually aids healing, has the opposite effect on the knee, according to new research. Scientists from the Duke University Medical Centre believe their findings may lead to treatments for injuries or osteoarthritis in the knee. They identified two immune system proteins that trigger inflammation, interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF). These...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th August 2007
A leading British epidemiologist has criticised a Swedish study of access to cancer drugs across Europe. In May of this year, a report by Dr Nils Wilking argued that some countries were better at making new drugs available quickly and therefore had better rates of cancer survival. Professor Michel Coleman has claimed that the report used a flawed methodology and suggested its findings may have...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th August 2007
US scientists have developed a new sling to help prostate cancer survivors exercise urinary control. Dr Allen Morey, professor of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre introduced the new procedure called the AdVance sling, which comprises a thin strip of mesh between the inner thighs. This is then passed deep beneath the urethra to increase support. More than two million...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th August 2007
A Scandinavian study has revealed that pine bark can reduce the symptoms of the menopause. Research in a forthcoming issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree, inhibits 'climacteric symptoms' such as hot flashes, depression, panic attacks and other common symptoms associated with women beginning...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th August 2007
Dietary restriction could be used to make pancreatic cell transplants more effective, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of Texas found that pancreatic islet cells transplanted into the liver fail not only because of immune rejection, but also because of overexposure to toxic fats. These fats are synthesized by the surrounding liver cells and overwhelm the pancreatic...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th August 2007
High stress levels can lead to greater memory loss among patients at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a new US study. The researchers genotyped and measured the chronic stress level in 91 healthy subjects with a mean age of 78.8 years. They found that those low on stress or without the APOE-e4 risk factor performed better on memory measures than those with high stress or...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th August 2007
Researchers have found that a nasal spray offers an effective treatment for cluster headaches. Cluster headache is relatively rare, with men three to four times more likely to suffer it than women. The pain is considered to be the most severe of the primary headache disorders, generally peaking within five minutes and remaining severe for up to three hours. Study author Dr Alan Rapoport said: "...

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