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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
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
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
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
New US research has revealed that mentally ill patients are failing to receive the benefits of progress in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. A study by Dr John Newcomer, professor of psychiatry, psychology and medicine at Washington University, found that the lower life expectancies of sufferers of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression were attributable largely to heart...
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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th October 2007
The findings of a new Dutch study could help to identify breast cancer patients who are likely to respond to treatment using Herceptin. Almost half of patients do not improve when treated with Herceptin. The researchers found that a tumour suppressor called PTEN and mutations of the PIK3CA gene could be used as biomarkers to predict treatment response. They found that both PTEN expression and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th October 2007
Princess Anne has opened a new neurological research centre in Oxford. The Oxford Neurodevelopmental Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Centre is the world's first purpose-built facility specialising in brain function. The Centre will use its Elekta Neuromag MEG system to monitor nerve cell activity in the brain non-invasively. Research will be conducted into cerebrovascular disease and mild brain...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th October 2007
Patients asked how much sleep they get tend to give the wrong information, according to new research. In a comparison of the sleep times given by respondents and those registered on a sleep test, there were some significant discrepancies. The Sleep Heart Health Study Sleep Habits Questionnaire generated three distinct sets of data: the amount of sleep participants felt they had habitually; the...

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