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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th October 2007
Men aged between 50 and 65 who have prostate cancer are eight times more likely to suffer a hip fracture, according to a new Danish study. Urologists and endocrinologists from Danish hospitals attached to the University of Southern Denmark and Copenhagen University used data from the Danish National Hospital Discharge Register, the National Bureau of Statistics and the National Prescription...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2007
US researchers have made a discovery that they hope will enable them to ensure that only patients likely to benefit are given chemotherapy. The study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center determined that women whose breast cancer expressed a protein called HER-2 were most likely to benefit from adding the drug Taxol to the chemotherapy regimen. Women with oestrogen-fuelled...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th October 2007
A revolutionary new means of implanting stem cells has been trialled on heart attack patients in Madrid. A team of cardiologists at the University Hospital of Navarre implanted stem cells in 50 individuals who had suffered a myocardial attack. Their innovation was to use a catheter rather than open surgery. Dr Juan Jose Gavira said that taking a culture of cells from the patient's own serum meant...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2007
Women with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop diabetes than those with lower blood pressure. A study of more than 38,000 health professionals has found that the relationship between type 2 diabetes and hypertension was independent of body mass. Women who had an increase in blood pressure during the study also had an increased risk of developing diabetes. Lead author Dr...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2007
Residents and staff from Kenwyn care home have completed their own version of the Coast 2 Coast challenge. In the spirit of healthy competition, they were seeking to match the 1,111 miles achieved by Barchester Healthcare Director Bill Wilson and his Coast 2 Coast team. By completing circuits of the garden in chair and on foot and by cycling both static and on the road, they managed to achieve...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2007
Consuming lots of antoxidants does not reduce one's chance of suffering age related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new article in the British Medical Journal. Previous research had suggested that vitamins C and E, various types of carotenoids and zinc could reduce the oxidative damage to the macula, which are located in the centre of the retina. Scientists from the University of...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th October 2007
Animal research conducted in the US has indicated that a special protein can be injected into the body to reverse learning problems in mice that have a version of Alzheimer's disease. The protein is part of the immunoglobulin M (IgM) class, which latch onto the amyloid beta protein in the brain and stop it from converting into the toxic substance believed to cause Alzheimer's disease. The...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th October 2007
US scientists have identified three genes which are involved in 20 per cent of lung cancer cases. Located next to each other on human chromosome 14, two of the three genes were already known to be instrumental in foetal lung development. The research revealed that TTF1, NKX2-8, and PAX9 reproduce an early foetal gene expression pattern that leads to cancer tumour growth. This, the scientists...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th October 2007
Southerndown care home has been getting active in aid of charity. Staff, residents and one relative from the home completed a blustery walk from Southerndown into the centre of Chipping Norton as part the sponsored National Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A good time was had by all and there was an obligatory lunch stop at the Crown & Cushion. The Alzheimer's Society estimates...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th October 2007
Southerndown care home has been getting active in aid of charity. Staff, residents and one relative from the home completed a blustery walk from Southerndown into the centre of Chipping Norton as part the sponsored National Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. A good time was had by all and there was an obligatory lunch stop at the Crown & Cushion. The Alzheimer's Society estimates...

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