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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2007
More educated sufferers of dementia lose their memory at a faster rate than those with less education, a new study suggests. Scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University studied 117 people whose education ranged from less than three years of elementary school to postgraduate study. The research uncovered two distinct trends. Firstly, for each additional year of formal...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd October 2007
A US study has revealed that between 1998 and 2003, there was a 150 per cent increase in the number of women getting a double mastectomy when cancer had only been detected in one breast. The technical name for this procedure is contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Among those who were put forward for a single mastectomy, the CPM rate rose from 4.2 per cent in 1998 to 11 per cent in 2003....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd October 2007
Two genes have been discovered that cause ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an inflammatory and potentially disabling kind of arthritis. AS potentially leads to complete fusion of the spine, leaving patients unable to straighten or bend. It can also target other joints and organs. It mainly affects patients in their teens, 20s or 30s. Scientists already knew that the HLA-B27 gene accounts for 40 per...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd October 2007
There have been reports of loss of hearing among patients taking PDE5 inhibitors, a class of drugs that includes Revatio, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Erectile dysfunction (ED) medications Viagra, Levitra and Cialis also come under the heading. As a result, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced label changes for the ED drugs that highlight this...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th October 2007
A new study by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded that the use of antibiotics to lower the risk of complications after upper respiratory tract infection, sore throat, or ear infection is unjustified. Despite guidelines advising against antibiotics being used in this way, in 2000 they were still prescribed to 47 per cent of patients with respiratory tract infection, 80 per cent of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th October 2007
Genes that regulate our body clock also influence the restorative properties of sleep, US scientists have determined. A study of three kinds of mice, each with a distinct genetic imprint, compared their responses to sleep deprivation. The gene expressions were shown to affect both the need for sleep and sleep length and quality. It is hoped that the results will develop the understanding of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th October 2007
As many as one in four people diagnosed with depression may actually be suffering from bipolar disorder, a new study suggests. The research, involving 790 primary care patients diagnosed with unipolar depression, was carried out at the Neasham Road surgery in Darlington. Some 24 per cent had experienced a previous episode of mania or mild mania. Their findings tally with previous studies, which...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th October 2007
Breakthrough Breast Cancer has announced it is launching a clinical trial to investigate whether acupuncture can lessen symptoms of fatigue in breast cancer patients. Cancer-related fatigue is a feeling of continual exhaustion or weakness while undergoing treatment. More than 60 per cent of breast cancer patients use complementary therapies, despite a dearth of scientific research on their...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th October 2007
Anti-fibrinolytic drugs, which slow the breakdown of blood clots, can reduce the volume of blood lost during major complex surgery, according to recent research. The Cochrane Review determined that anti-fibrinolytics can reduce the need for re-operation due to continued bleeding. It also highlighted that one of the effective drugs, tranexamic acid, is relatively inexpensive and is likely to be...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th October 2007
There is no evidence that insoles ward off back pain, new research has concluded. A Cochrane Systematic Review found strong evidence that using the shoe inserts does not prevent non-specific back pain and insufficient evidence to say whether or not it helped solve existing low-back pain. It has been suggested that insoles might absorb shock and thus be conducive toward a stable, fluent walking...

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