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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th September 2007
Researchers have identified a marker which should help to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier, according to a study in the October issue of Radiology. While participants performed a face-name associative memory task, the scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify brain regions in which changes suggesting memory impairment took place. Whereas some areas of the brain...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2007
New findings call into question the ability of vitamin E to reduce oxidative stress. A new study in Free Radical Biology and Medicine has found that the levels of vitamin E necessary to reduce oxidative stress are four to eight times higher than those used in almost all previous clinical trials. Co-author Dr Balz Frei said this meant all past research had been "fatally flawed". He continued: "A...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2007
The first molecular urine test for diagnosing prostate cancer has been launched in London. Progensa PCA3 uses a genetic marker that is only increased in cancerous prostate tissue, making it a more specific indicator of cancer than other diagnostic markers such as PSA, thereby potentially reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies. Dr Chris Hiley: "The test has the potential to make a big...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2007
The elderly are more prone to unintended racism, depression and problem gambling because of brain shrinkage over time, a new study has shown.University of Queensland psychologist Bill von Hippel has found that atrophy within the frontal lobes reduces our inhibitions as we grow older.The frontal lobes are responsible for executive functions, including planning, controlling, and inhibiting thoughts...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st September 2007
Scientists have long known that calorific restriction can extend life expectancy, but now new research is unlocking the secrets of the process. Researchers from Harvard Medical School, working with scientists from Cornell Medical School and the National Institutes of Health, have discovered two genes in mammal cells that direct cellular longevity, SIRT3 and SIRT4. Senior author David Sinclair...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st September 2007
Dudwell St Mary has entered a team into the tenth annual 'Funraisers' Dragon Boat Festival. Led by general manager Geoff Price, the Barchester Bravehearts raised money for the local Hastings Alzheimer's Society. Mr Pride, an experienced open-canoeist, has competed in two previous Dragon Boat races, while Greig Fulton, from Barchester's Inverness Office, is a member of Inverness Rowing Club. Other...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
US researchers have published the results of their genome-wide examination of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other disorders. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and cigarette smoking are among the influences considered by the landmark Framingham Heart Study (FHS). Lead author Dr Philip Wolf commented: "It is our hope that the results from the genome-wide association study will...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
Women with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to suffer a hip fracture, according to a new study. A seven-year study of 400 women determined that those whose vitamin D levels were lowest had a 77 per cent higher chance of experiencing a hip fracture. Lead researcher Dr Jane Cauley, who specialises in postmenopausal women, commented: "The risk of hip fractures was 77 percent higher among...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
Elderly patients who are underweight experience more cognitive decline over time than peers with higher body masses, according to Chicago scientists. Furthermore, being obese does not increase one's risk of developing memory problems, though remains medically inadvisable in light of its link to heart disease and stroke. The six-year study involved 3,885 people aged over 65. Study author Dr...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th September 2007
Scientists are one step closer to understanding cholesterol's role in increased susceptibility to heart attack and stroke. Researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have found that cholesterol inhibits the activity of a protein that protects the heart and blood vessels. High blood cholesterol was long ago identified as a key risk factor for developing atherosclerosis, or...

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