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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
18th December 2018
Pensioners who live on their own have a 50 per cent greater chance of visiting A&E than those who reside with family members, according to a new study. The report by the Health Foundation also discovered that they upped the risk of being admitted as an inpatient, as well as making a trip to the GP. The think tank said that overall, elderly people living alone had more long-term health issues...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th December 2018
A new tool in the fight against dementia has been developed by scientists, who have created a revolutionary brain scan. It uses radioactive ‘tracer’ molecules that are injected into the brain and bind with the plaques that are associated with cognitive decline. Lighting them up in this way allows healthcare professionals to see when a person is in the early stages of dementia. Catching the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
11th December 2018
Figures for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the over-65s are at an all time high, according to Public Health England. A record number of older people are being diagnosed with the likes of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, taking the official total up to 1,608 for 2017. This is in comparison to 1,411 cases in 2016, with the rise being put down to people staying healthier for longer,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2018
It would be easy to assume that elderly women are healthier than their male counterparts since they tend to live longer, but this is not the case. According to new research published by the University of Exeter, women suffer poorer health as they age. Scientists discovered that genes gained by women when they go through the menopause are actually bad for their health. In contrast, men, who stay...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th November 2018
A dementia nurse has opened up about what to expect if an elderly relative with dementia has to go into hospital and the things you can do to support them. Speaking to Good Housekeeping, Jo James, lead nurse for dementia at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, offered some helpful advice. She started by explaining that people with cognitive impairment often get a form of acute, short-term...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
22nd November 2018
A new £3.5 billion annual investment has been announced by the government, which will aim to ensure more elderly patients can be kept out of hospital and treated at home. Prime minister Theresa May has earmarked the funding to bolster NHS services in the provision of home healthcare. It will see the creation of new rapid response teams that will be available to meet the needs of elderly patients...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
21st November 2018
Routine breast cancer screening should continue for women well into their 70s, according to a leading charity, which warns that the risks increase as individuals age. Elizabeth Wende Breast Center in New York has made the statements after significant research. In the UK, women stop being invited for screenings when they reach 70, but this does not mean that they are no longer susceptible to the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
19th November 2018
A simple neck scan that takes less than five minutes could be an important indicator that patients will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Long before symptoms appear in an individual, damage to the brain can be identified through measuring their pulse. This is according to a study from University College London (UCL), which suggests the pulse in the neck can indicate future memory problems in old age...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
14th November 2018
Innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) are being developed that could drastically reduce the time it takes for doctors to diagnose a patient with Alzheimer's Disease. New research has been carried out by the Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Department at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) that has used self-learning computer software to recognise features in brain scans...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
30th October 2018
Injecting blood from younger people can help to ease the symptoms of elderly dementia patients, it has been found. Scientists at Stanford University in the US discovered that those who were given the transfusions were able to cope better with their daily lives. The care staff looking after the 18 participants in the study said that there was a noticeable difference in being able to perform...

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