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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th September 2017
A new blood test has been developed that could save the elderly from a condition known as the ‘Alzheimer’s of the eye.’ By detecting macular degeneration before the symptoms begin, the sight of many older people could be maintained when it would otherwise be lost. The condition affects five million people across the planet, but many do not realise they have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th September 2017
A simple test that has been developed by scientists in Australia could help to detect Parkinson’s disease before the condition has had a chance to cause brain damage. The new diagnostic method, which involves asking the patient to draw a spiral, could be a huge step forward in preventative treatment. It comes in the form of a programme that analyses how the  spiral is drawn on a tablet. Key...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2017
Despite health officials recommending the elderly be vaccinated ahead of each winter, the flu jab is not always effective. That is according to Public Health England (PHE), which has stated state the jab helped protect youngsters last winter, but not those over the age of 65. Every year, the three most common strains of flu are selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) to go into the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
31st August 2017
The elderly may not be the first people you think of when considering uses for virtual reality, but that could be about to change. Researchers believe that equipping this demographic with avatars and sending them off on virtual adventures could be the future of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists from University College London (UCL) have been looking into the idea and think it could become...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th August 2017
Elderly people who take up line dancing could find that the pastime offers more than just a pleasant diversion from everyday life. Those who learn new moves are better protected from dementia than their counterparts that walk or cycle, new research shows. Scientists at the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases tested a variety of forms of exercise and found that line dancing, jazz and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st August 2017
Being unable to differentiate between the smell of petrol and the odour associated with bubblegum could be an early sign of dementia. According to a new study carried out by scientists at McGill University in Canada, changes to the sense of smell could be an early warning of the disease. Such a breakthrough could be significant, as, at present, there is no way to know that the brain is being...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th August 2017
Hearing loss is a common complaint in the elderly and while hearing aids are often seen as the solution, the technology is far from perfect. Now, scientists have come up with a device that tackles one of the biggest problems for wearers – background noise. Researchers at Columbia University have been working on a hearing aid that is controlled by the mind. It filters out background sound,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th August 2017
A new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that is being described as a “ninja” drug could be on the market by 2025. Known as the PMN310 antibody, it destroys harmful cells in the brain that lead to dementia, while having no obvious detrimental side effects. Researchers at ProMIS Neurosciences, which is developing the drug, found that it halts the process that leads to dementia and helps to prevent...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th July 2017
Up until now, there has been no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but pharmaceutical companies are locked in a race to market drugs to tackle the condition. In excess of 35 such medications could be made available in the next five years, according to a report into products currently going through late-stage clinical trials. UsAgainstAlzheimer’s found that 23 drugs designed to target the build-up of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th July 2017
Eating fruit and vegetables is integral to staying fit and healthy, but there are specific types that can be more beneficial for certain ailments than others. Now, scientists have discovered that fisetin, a compound found in strawberries, is beneficial in preventing the mental decline that is commonly associated with ageing. Fisetin has been found to ease cognitive deterioration and inflammation...

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