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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
US researchers have published the results of their genome-wide examination of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other disorders. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and cigarette smoking are among the influences considered by the landmark Framingham Heart Study (FHS). Lead author Dr Philip Wolf commented: "It is our hope that the results from the genome-wide association study will...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th September 2007
Elderly patients who are underweight experience more cognitive decline over time than peers with higher body masses, according to Chicago scientists. Furthermore, being obese does not increase one's risk of developing memory problems, though remains medically inadvisable in light of its link to heart disease and stroke. The six-year study involved 3,885 people aged over 65. Study author Dr...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th September 2007
Europe is a major player to the global cancer research effort, according to the second European Cancer Research Managers Forum (ECRM) study. The survey shows that Europe and the USA generate similar numbers of cancer research publications. Per capita, the average spend across Europe is €3.42 (£2.37), a 34 per cent increase since the 2005 survey. Despite a narrowing of the gap, this remains well...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th September 2007
Breast cancer survivors can avoid loss of bone density by taking a drug designed for sufferers of osteoporosis, according to the findings of a new study. A two-year study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that a weekly dose of risedronate, sold as Actonel, helped to prevent diminishment of bone mass. "After 24 months, women in the placebo group had significant bone loss...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th September 2007
Scientists are one step closer to understanding cholesterol's role in increased susceptibility to heart attack and stroke. Researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have found that cholesterol inhibits the activity of a protein that protects the heart and blood vessels. High blood cholesterol was long ago identified as a key risk factor for developing atherosclerosis, or...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th September 2007
People should not feel powerless because there are steps individuals can take to ward off dementia, the Alzheimer's Society said today. A spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Society said: "You can do things to reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer's disease through diet and exercise. There are other factors too; things like making sure you don't smoke and only drinking in moderation. "Also...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th September 2007
Four familiar faces at Newton House and Hilton Park are celebrating the completion of their overseas nurses programme. Cristina Monville, Maria Agular, Karmela Aquno and Estella Ladrido completed the programme through Northampton University. They now have the approval of the Nursing and Midwifery Council to work as registered nurses in the UK. In other blooming marvellous Newton House news, four...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th September 2007
New US research has revealed that a by-product of the breakdown of cholesterol can interfere with the mechanism by which oestrogen helps to ward off heart disease. Senior author David Mangelsdorf believes that the results could help explain why hormone replacement therapy fails to protect some women from heart disease. "This model may help explain why women are better protected than men from...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th September 2007
Scientists have made a breakthrough finding which may help them to develop more effective treatments for hormone-responsive breast cancers. Researchers from the University of Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania have identified a gene called TFAP2C that plays a crucial role in oestrogen signalling. They found that silencing expression of TFAP2C in hormone-responsive breast cancer cells...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th September 2007
Divorcees are less likely to be involved in the day-to-day care of an ageing parent than those who have not experienced marital breakdown, according to a new study. Dr Adam Davey from Temple University found that the later the divorce occurred, the more likely it was to have a detrimental effect on the parent-child relationship. The greater proportion of time spent with a divorced mother, the...

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