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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2019
An innovative treatment for Parkinson’s disease has been tested on people for the first time. Participants have had glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) delivered directly to the brain by way of a port in the side of the head. Their brains were then scanned and compared with those who had been given a placebo. Those who received the drug displayed visual evidence of improvements in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th February 2019
Free condoms are to be given out to over-60s by the NHS, after a startling increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) being reported by the demographic. The campaign is the first of its kind and particularly targets baby boomers. While the threat of unwanted pregnancies has passed, there is still the chance of other issues associated with sexual activity. For many of this...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th February 2019
Old age could become more bearable for millions of people if an existing antidepressant is found to fulfil its potential in the battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Scientists at Cambridge University believe that trazodone could slow down the progression of the neurodegenerative conditions. The fact that the medicine is already licensed in the UK and is taken by those suffering...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th February 2019
We’re deep into flu season and if you have elderly relatives then you are likely to be concerned that they could be struck down. But why are the over-65s so susceptible to influenza when we know that the immune system becomes stronger over time as it is exposed to viruses? This is a question that has never been fully answered before, but now, a team at the University of Chicago has made a...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th January 2019
For many older people, mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety can be just as big a concern as physical conditions such as arthritis and vision loss. Often, the mental and the physical are very closely linked when it comes to maintaining good overall health, as was recently highlighted in a study carried out in the US. A team from Columbia University conducted cross-sectional...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th January 2019
Yoga has become something of a health craze in recent decades. It originated in India some 5,000 years ago and is now commonly practiced in leisure centres, health clubs, hospitals and homes all over the UK. For older people who have questions about how this form of exercise could possibly benefit them, a major new research project being carried out at Northumbria University could soon deliver...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th December 2018
Women who take up dancing in their old age or continue with the pastime into retirement can find that they keep their independence for longer. Research carried out by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Gerontology found that dancing is better than other activities for keeping people young. The research discovered that pensioners who dance were 73 per cent less likely to require help with...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th December 2018
Pensioners who live on their own have a 50 per cent greater chance of visiting A&E than those who reside with family members, according to a new study. The report by the Health Foundation also discovered that they upped the risk of being admitted as an inpatient, as well as making a trip to the GP. The think tank said that overall, elderly people living alone had more long-term health issues...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th December 2018
A new tool in the fight against dementia has been developed by scientists, who have created a revolutionary brain scan. It uses radioactive ‘tracer’ molecules that are injected into the brain and bind with the plaques that are associated with cognitive decline. Lighting them up in this way allows healthcare professionals to see when a person is in the early stages of dementia. Catching the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th December 2018
Figures for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the over-65s are at an all time high, according to Public Health England. A record number of older people are being diagnosed with the likes of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, taking the official total up to 1,608 for 2017. This is in comparison to 1,411 cases in 2016, with the rise being put down to people staying healthier for longer,...

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