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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
10th October 2018
Cutting back on fat is one of the biggest health messages of the modern age, but it could be putting the elderly at risk. Some 1.3 million pensioners are suffering from malnutrition and are being encouraged to go against received wisdom to put cream in their coffee and fry their food. Dr Simon Gabe is the president of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and a consultant...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
4th October 2018
Giving up on life can have serious consequences and even lead to death in just a few days, according to scientists from Portsmouth University. Psychogenic death or ‘give-up-itis’ is a real medical condition and has been explored more thoroughly in the new research. The study found that people can die in as little as three days in the wake of a traumatic life event, if they cannot see a way to...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th September 2018
Scientists have made a breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s with an approach to treating the condition that has been hailed as a ‘world first’. In a project involving experts from Cambridge University and Sweden, a formula has been developed to target the toxic particles in the brain that cause the disease. If the work continues to progress in such a positive fashion, clinical tests on...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th September 2018
A number of common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease are causing patients to delay getting diagnosed, according to experts. There are six myths that are particularly worrisome to those in the early stages of the condition, which put them off going to the doctor. The top concerns are that they will not be able to drive, have to give up work and lose their memory immediately. While it can be...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th September 2018
A cure for dementia could be less than a decade away, according to experts in the brain-wasting disease. World-renowned neuroscientist, Professor Bart De Strooper, who works at University College London (UCL), has spoken out saying that an effective treatment could become available by 2028. Despite there being no definitive route to finding a way to combat the disease at present, he said that...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th September 2018
Cognitive ability in people over 70 is much sharper in summer and autumn than in the winter months, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Toronto have suggested that screening patients for dementia in the winter and spring can be more effective due to seasonal flare ups in the tell-tale proteins. The large-scale study took into account information from patients living in...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th August 2018
Lifting weights is a contributing factor to a healthier life in old age and even living longer, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Michigan have found that people with strong muscles are likely to outlive those who are weaker. While it is a good idea to start building muscle while you’re young, the researchers urged the older generation to have a go too. They highlighted...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th August 2018
A new non-invasive technique to treat memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients could provide hope for those battling the disease. Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago have been zapping the brains of sufferers with magnets and found they boosted mental function. During the research, 16 participants had a large coil put against their scalp and the magnetic field then stimulates the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
20th August 2018
Having a relative with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult to cope with and the situation is likely to be mutual. The degenerative condition leaves many patients feeling lost and disorientated, but it can be hard to understand what it’s really like when you’ve never experienced it. Now, a US company has developed a virtual reality (VR) headset that mimics the disease for users. Embodied Labs...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
15th August 2018
Exercising for health is a good idea at any age, but new evidence suggests that just ten minutes of brisk walking a day can have a big impact on the over-60s. Scientists at the University of Bristol found that such activity can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Many of the cardiovascular risk factors, such as cholesterol, inflammation and blood clots, were decreased by the bursts of...

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