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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th November 2007
Diabetes UK has called on the government to take urgent action to help combat the growing problem of Type 2 diabetes. According to the charity, lifestyle changes can reduce new cases of the condition by 58 per cent. There are a total of 2.3 million Britons who have diabetes, with a 100,000 increase in the last year, according to figures from GPs. The vast majority have Type 2 and it is believed...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th November 2007
New research has raised hopes that a vaccine could be developed to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease. The animal study was carried out by scientists from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. They immunised genetically-modified mice with a protein called memapsin 2, which leads to the formation of the protein fragments believed to cause Alzheimer's. The vaccinated mice developed 35 per...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th November 2007
Giving nursing home residents glasses can reduce their susceptibility to depression, according to new US research. Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham studied 142 nursing home residents aged 55 or above. They divided the residents into two groups: 78 residents were given eyeglasses one week after check-up, while 64 received eyeglasses two months after check-up. At the two-...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th November 2007
Around 25 per cent of men admitted to hospital with acute urinary retention (AUR) die within a year, a new study has determined. A study published in the British Medical Journal concludes that mortality for men over 45 hospitalised for AUR is two to three times higher than for the general male population. AUR often results from an increase in the size of the prostate gland among middle-aged and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th November 2007
People who suffer a minor stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack) and do not receive emergency treatment have a significantly higher chance of experiencing a major stroke within a week, according to new research. Oxford University scientists found that patients treated as emergency cases in specialist stroke units have a 0.9 per cent chance of a major attack, while those who do not receive...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th November 2007
A Swiss research team has been unlocking some of the secrets of cataract formation, the world's leading cause of blindness. The scientists found that a carefully-preserved balance of attractions between proteins maintains the transparency of the lens of the eye. Even a small upset to this balance can lead to cloudy vision or blindness. The eye lens is made up of densely packed crystallin proteins...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th November 2007
The increased risk of cervical cancer associated with the contraceptive pill disappears ten years after discontinuing use, according to new research. Led by Dr Jane Green from the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, the scientists examined 24 studies from around the world and found that, in line with previous research, the longer a woman has been taking contraceptives, the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th November 2007
A new study has suggested that vitamin D slows down the ageing process. Research for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involving academics from King's College London, found that women with higher levels of vitamin D were more likely to have longer strands of DNA. These strands, called telomeres, shorten every time cells reproduce themselves, acting as a biological ageing 'clock'. Senior...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th November 2007
Scientists have developed a new technique to monitor the area of the brain that regulates hunger. Using magnetic resonance imaging on mice, scientists detected increased neuron activity when the mouse was hungry, which made the scan 'light up'. The researchers were able to observe how the neurons reacted to different stimuli. It is hoped the study will lead to a better understanding of obesity....
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
8th November 2007
US researchers are hoping that they have made a breakthrough in type 1 diabetes. In an animal study, scientists found that single gene, 12/15-lipoxygenase (12/15-LO) increased the likelihood of developing type 1 diabetes by 97 per cent. Those with the gene were also more likely to have lower glucose intolerance, one of the indicators for a pre-diabetes condition. Dr Jerry Nadler, chief of the UVa...

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