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21st December 2016

Sauna bathing on a regular basis could be key to helping reduce the risk of dementia, according to a new study. Research carried out at the University of Eastern Finland found that men who used a sauna between four and seven times a week were around 66 per cent less likely to develop dementia. This link has not previously been investigated, but it seems that regular sauna use during a week leads...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
16th December 2016

Measuring brain activity could help to predict the risk of falling in older people, according to new research. Falls are the main cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among older people and can often result in a loss of independence and a decline in mobility. However, being able to predict falls could help identify those that need extra help. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th December 2016

People are happiest when they are experiencing good mental and physical health, as well as when they have good relationships with partners, family and friends, according to a new landmark study. Researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE) have discovered that money problems and poverty are not key aspects of a person's happiness, with health and emotional connections being the things that...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th December 2016

Dementia rates could be falling across the UK, US and Europe, according to new research. A study has found that the number of older people in the US being diagnosed with a form of dementia has dropped, which supports similar findings across the UK and Europe. Published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the findings suggest that the dementia crisis may not be as bad as was initially thought....

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th December 2016

A new breakthrough in Alzheimer's disease research could allow scientists to move one step closer to developing effective treatments for dementia. A team from Aberdeen University has found that previous research is not correct, which could transform how the illness is looked it. Studies have, until now, suggested that two protein molecules, tau and amyloid, might contribute toward Alzheimer's...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th November 2016

Using a new approach to checking eye pressure following cataract surgery could help prevent vision loss, according to a new study. This is according to researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, who believe that by employing a tool currently used in a clinical setting, surgeons would be better able to protect patients' eyesight. Currently, high eye pressure is one of the most...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2016

NHS data - analysed by data analysis company Exasol - has found there are a number of diabetes hotspots in the UK, which represent the number of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes. According to NHS data, the number of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes has risen from 26 million to 35 million a year. Hotspots for type 2 diabetes are located in Lincolnshire in the East Midlands and London. London had...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2016

The average life expectancy in the UK is constantly on the increase, and now the number of centenarians - those aged 100 and over - is now at a record high. According to data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are 14,570 people aged 100 or over in the UK, and the number of centenarians has gone up four times over the last two decades, and in the last ten years the number of...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2016

People are living longer in the 21st century but a team have found that there could be a cap on human life expectancy. Scientists based in the US have said that while life expectancy continues to increase, there is a limit to how far the average human lifespan will go to. Scientists have estimated that in the future, the highest age people will live to will be 115 years. There is a limit to...

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2016

Grandparents’ Day was on Sunday October 2nd 2016 - supported by the likes of chefs Ainsley Harriott and Brian Turner - so Age UK commissioned a study to focus on the contributions grandparents’ make - or have made - to people’s lives. The study revealed some very interesting findings. In particular, the research found that some of our favourite food from childhood can evoke fond memories of...

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