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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd November 2007
People are underestimating the risk diabetes poses to eyesight, according to a new US survey. The study by the American Optometric Association (AOA) found that though three in five adults know that diabetes is detectable through a comprehensive eye exam, just one third of people with no history of eye problems have been to see an optometrist in the last year. Diabetes is the primary cause of new...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
2nd November 2007
An editorial in this week's edition of The Lancet has urged political parties to unite to help combat the UK's obesity epidemic. Half of the UK population could be obese by 2050, according to the 'Tackling Obesity: Future Choices' report. Published earlier this month by the government's Foresight Programme, the report preceded The Health Profile of England 2007, which highlighted the shocking...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st November 2007
Most 50 to 65 year old are aware of healthy eating guidelines, but many are failing to put their knowledge into practice. A survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found that almost a quarter of people in this age group agreed strongly with the statement that, 'life's too short to worry about what I eat'. And more than a third concurred wholeheartedly with the sentiment, 'I've always eaten this...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st November 2007
Orthopaedic researchers from Jefferson Medical College have found stem cells in the intervertebral discs of the human spine. The breakthrough discovery gives hope to those with neck and back pain as the cells could be used to repair damaged discs. Implanting the cells could help the spine to heal by increasing the production of water-binding molecules called proteoglycans, the researchers said....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st November 2007
A new clinical study has shown that CT scanning can detect lung cancer long before it is manifest in any symptoms. The Canadian study was led by radiologist Heidi Roberts at Princess Margaret Hospital. It looked at 1,000 Canadian smokers aged 55 and older, who had smoked at least a pack of cigarettes each day for 10 years. Some 26 per cent of participants needed further testing and 2.2 per cent...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st October 2007
Chemicals that are present in a number of day-to-day foodstuffs could hold the key to defeating heart disease and cancer, the findings of a new study suggest. Researchers in France found that low doses of antioxidant polyphenols assists blood vessel development and therefore benefits people with heart disease or circulatory problems. Meanwhile high doses of the chemical helped to restrict the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st October 2007
Rosemary could help to prevent the occurrence of a stroke by protecting the brain against damage, according to a new study. Investigations conducted by the Burnham Institute for Medical Research found that carnosic acid (CA) contained in the herb fights the free radicals which can cause strokes and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers. Working with the Iwate University in Japan, researchers...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th October 2007
A discovery by US scientists could pave the way for new targets for the treatment of obesity. The hormone leptin was known from previous studies to inhibit hunger by making patients feel full. Now, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have identified the brain circuits leptin acts upon. Leptin, the signalling molecule produced by fat cells, limits activation in regions of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th October 2007
A new study has shown that social interaction can improve a person's memory. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that just ten minutes of chatting to another person can boost performance as much as performing 'intellectual' tasks for the same amount of time. Lead author Oscar Ybarra commented: "In our study, socializing was just as effective as more traditional kinds of mental...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th October 2007
It is "vital" that more research is commissioned into the use of complementary therapies by breast cancer patients, Breakthrough Breast Cancer has said. Over 60 per cent of sufferers use complementary therapies alongside traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Such therapies include relaxation techniques, massage and acupuncture. Julie Flynn, senior research development...

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