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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
5th March 2018
They say that eyes are the window to the soul, but they could also provide a glimpse into the future health of the over-60s. A new study has found that moderate to severe retinal damage could be a clue that individuals will have cognitive problems by the time they’re 80. Scientists at John Hopkins University looked into the eye health of 60-year-olds as they aged. They discovered that the average...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
28th February 2018
Testing the tears of elderly people who might have Parkinson’s disease could be the most effective way of diagnosing the condition. According to a new study by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, biomarkers in the fluid could be key. The scientists discovered tiny differences in the levels of a particular protein found in tears between those with...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
13th February 2018
A new injection is being developed that could ease the pain of arthritis for millions of people and even cut down on the need for hip and knee replacement surgeries. The treatment uses a protein that boosts the generation of cartilage in the body and reduces inflammation in the joints. It could potentially save the NHS £1 billion annually and put an end to the pain suffered by arthritis patients...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
12th February 2018
Patients suspected to have dementia could soon undergo a lumbar puncture procedure to get a clear diagnosis. The proposals, set out by the health watchdog NICE, are controversial as the spinal tap is known to be painful and can have side effects. At present, dementia is tested using a series of memory questions, but this method allows room for uncertainty. It is hoped that a clearer picture could...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
9th February 2018
Thousands of elderly people face a greater risk of contracting pneumonic this winter due to a vaccination shortage.  The condition kills around 30,000 patients a year, but in October, Public Health England warned that stocks were running low. Since then, GPs have found it increasingly difficult to obtain the PPV23 vaccine, meaning vulnerable people have been put at higher risk throughout the...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
6th February 2018
Bill Gates has revealed that the motivation behind donating $100 million (£70 million) to dementia research was his father. The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft pledged the money from his personal fortune back in November and has now explained that 92-year-old Bill Gates Senior has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. At present, there is no cure for the neurodegenerative disease, but an injection...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
24th January 2018
Music has the potential to be a powerful tool in the treatment of dementia, experts have told the House of Lords. Representatives from the International Longevity Centre’s Commission on Dementia and Music explained how a favourite song can bring back memories from the past. As well as MPs, a number of clinicians, academics, charity leaders and policymakers were present to hear the case for music...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th January 2018
Prime minister Theresa May has appointed the first minister for loneliness, bringing to fruition a project begun by the late Jo Cox. Tracey Crouch MP will be formally appointed today (January 17th) and is tasked with taking on what she described as a generational challenge that affects as many as nine million people in the UK. Ms Crouch will work across political parties and within communities,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th January 2018
Prime minister Theresa May has appointed the first minister for loneliness, bringing to fruition a project begun by the late Jo Cox. Tracey Crouch MP will be formally appointed today (January 17th) and is tasked with taking on what she described as a generational challenge that affects as many as nine million people in the UK. Ms Crouch will work across political parties and within communities,...
Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare
17th January 2018
Prime minister Theresa May has appointed the first minister for loneliness, bringing to fruition a project begun by the late Jo Cox. Tracey Crouch MP will be formally appointed today (January 17th) and is tasked with taking on what she described as a generational challenge that affects as many as nine million people in the UK. Ms Crouch will work across political parties and within communities,...

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