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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
Poor sleep leads to worse physical function during the daytime in elderly women, according to new research. The study from the University of Pittsburgh found that women who slept less than six hours per night walked 3.5 per cent more slowly than those who slept six to 6.8 hours. In terms of performance, the optimum amount of sleep was 6.8 to 7.5 hours. Insomnia affects almost half of adults 60...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that drugs intended for Alzheimer's patients could help breast cancer sufferers. The drug works by attacking the Notch gene, which stimulates cancer cells, thereby reducing the likelihood of the disease recurring. The development is particularly exciting because the drug, a class of gamma secretase inhibitor, has already undergone...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
1st October 2007
High blood pressure could be caused by being overweight in as many as 50 per cent of cases, a new Italian study suggests. After six months on a reduced-calorie diet, half of overweight, hypertensive adults under observation achieved normal body weight and blood pressure. Some 49 percent of female and 53 percent of male participants achieved body weight reduction and normalization, representing...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2007
All alcohol influences the risk of developing the cancer, with the quantity consumed the important factor, rather than the type of beverage. One of the largest studies of alcohol and breast cancer risk ever undertaken has concluded that whether you drink wine, beer or spirits is irrelevant. Instead, what matters is total alcohol intake. The research reveals that women who drink between one and...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2007
A new study has suggested that meditation is an effective therapy for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. Devised by Dr Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a meditation programme that teaches participants to relate differently to thoughts and emotions. It works on the premise that continually focusing the mind on...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th September 2007
Treatment for diabetes can be as inconvenient and discomfiting as experiencing complications brought about by the illness, according to new US research. A typical diabetes patient has a daily regimen of two or three different pills to control blood sugar levels, one or two to lower cholesterol, two or more to reduce blood pressure, a daily aspirin to prevent blood clots, in addition to monitoring...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
27th September 2007
Stress levels affect breast cancer recurrence, new research has revealed. Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine found that women who experienced physical or sexual abuse or life-threatening situations see metastatic tumours return after around 2.5 years. For women who do not experience such stressful events, cancer recurred at about...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th September 2007
A Spanish study has uncovered ignorance about cancer among its elderly, which could have global implications. In the survey of 557 people aged over 65, some 66 per cent did not realise the risk of cancer increased with age. Worryingly, 61.2 per cent of the respondents failed to identify being overweight as a risk factor for cancer and just 45.8 per cent knew about the impact of diet. However,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th September 2007
Dudwell St Mary joined forces with a local primary school to raise awareness of World Alzheimer's Day 2007 on Friday. The parents and children are encouraged to make a small donation of £1 in aid of the Hastings Alzheimer's Society. Children from Burwash Primary School were asked to create a 'Magical Memories Box' comprising three items for special days or occasions. The theme of the day was...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
25th September 2007
Researchers have identified a marker which should help to detect Alzheimer's disease earlier, according to a study in the October issue of Radiology. While participants performed a face-name associative memory task, the scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify brain regions in which changes suggesting memory impairment took place. Whereas some areas of the brain...

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