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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th August 2019
A genetic variant that may protect individuals against Alzheimer’s disease has been identified by researchers. The potential breakthrough was made by scientists at Washington University in St Louis in the ongoing quest to find ways to combat the condition. Around 800 people participated in the study, which involved some with the neurodegenerative disease and other healthy individuals. Variations...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th August 2019
A new blood test has been developed that can detect Alzheimer’s-causing proteins in the brain up to two decades before symptoms begin to appear. A study from Washington University St Louis outlines the benefits of the test, which has a 94 per cent accuracy rate. Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis is vital to combat the condition, because there’s currently no cure, and treatments can delay onset. Most...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st July 2019
In the UK, 65 per cent of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are women, making it the most common cause of death for females. But up until now, it has not been entirely clear why one gender is more likely to develop the disease than the other. Scientists at a number of institutions have looked into the reasons and presented their findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th July 2019
Elderly people could soon be treated with an electrical device that sends impulses into their ear as a way of preventing age-related health conditions. Scientists at the University of Leeds have discovered that stimulating the vagus nerve in this way could provide a variety of health benefits. The vagus nerve is one of the largest found in the body and can be accessed by an electrical current...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd July 2019
Many Alzheimer’s drugs may be ineffective in individuals because of their DNA, new research suggests. Scientists at the University of Buffalo in the US have discovered that three quarters of people appear to carry a genetic mutation that renders some medications useless. The gene in question is called CHRFAM7A and codes for a receptor for acetylcholine, which is involved in memory. It transmits...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th July 2019
Switching to a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout from your usual cardio routine could help to prevent dementia, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Queensland believe that pushing more blood towards the brain could be the answer to staving off the neurodegenerative disease. It’s more than just keeping active, which has been well-established as a way to avoid...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th July 2019
Counting blood vessels in the eyes of individuals could be a successful route to establishing the early stages of Alzheimer’s, scientists have discovered. Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago found people starting to experience cognitive decline had fewer capillaries in the back of their eyes than their healthy counterparts. This latest research builds on established evidence that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th July 2019
Patients contemplating getting a new knee to help relieve the pain of arthritic joints can now use a simple test to see whether the surgery will be a success. The Patient Decision Support Tool for Joint Replacement was developed by scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Bristol, and could prove to be a game changer. The current system offers patients general information...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th June 2019
An innovative new take on rollerskates is proving an effective way of helping arthritis patients recover after knee surgery. The devices are being used in conjunction with an app to get joints moving in the wake of knee replacements. The 12-wheeled skate allows patients to remain seated while doing muscle-strengthening exercises that help with their rehabilitation, reports the Mail Online. The...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th June 2019
Scientists have discovered a new Parkinson’s marker that can identify sufferers years before any of the traditional symptoms begin. Researchers at King’s College London have found that damage to the serotonin system in the brain acts as an “excellent marker” for the disease. The breakthrough has been hailed “fascinating” by experts, who say it fills a “crucial gap” in existing knowledge of...

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