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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...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
29th October 2018
A common additive in Chinese food could help to boost the memory in dementia patients. That’s according to scientists at Tottori University in Japan, where tests were conducted on 200 people battling the condition. They found that the monosodium glutamate (MSG) in dishes like sweet and sour prawns and chicken chow mein could actually have health benefits. It comes after years of concerns about...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
26th October 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to help diagnose dementia in future in bid to be more accurate and create better treatments. Researchers at University College London (UCL) have developed a computer algorithm which can learn to recognise different types of dementia from MRI brain scans. The reason this could be a significant breakthrough is because many types of the neurodegenerative...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
23rd October 2018
Eating a diet rich in oily fish can help to lead to a healthier old age, according to a new study in the US. The research was carried out by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. They found that those with high levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from seafood had a 24 per cent lower chance of being unhealthy in their old age. The study...
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...

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