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Anti-cholinergic drugs could be responsible for decline in cognitive, physical function in elderly patients

Anti-cholinergic drugs could be responsible for decline in cognitive, physical function in elderly patients

Drugs widely prescribed to the elderly could be responsible for a decline in cognitive and physical function according to research from the University of East Anglia and the Regenstrief Institute. [More]
New smartphone app to improve quality of life for older adults

New smartphone app to improve quality of life for older adults

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand their state of health and develop healthier habits. [More]
Assessors examine bed systems in large teaching hospital to determine potential for patient entrapment

Assessors examine bed systems in large teaching hospital to determine potential for patient entrapment

A survey of beds within a large teaching hospital in Ireland has shown than many of them did not comply with dimensional standards put in place to minimise the risk of entrapment. [More]
Oraya Therapy now being offered at NHS hospital in the UK and at four prestigious university hospitals in Germany

Oraya Therapy now being offered at NHS hospital in the UK and at four prestigious university hospitals in Germany

Oraya Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that it is significantly expanding its presence in Europe, with Oraya Therapy being offered for the first time at a National Health Service hospital in the United Kingdom and at four prestigious university hospitals in Germany. Oraya Therapy is intended as a one-time, non-invasive treatment for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration, with the potential to maintain or enhance vision while significantly reducing the required number of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections into the eye. [More]

Researchers identify molecular mechanisms of cognitive decline using high-throughput proteomics

From telephone numbers to foreign vocabulary, our brains hold a seemingly endless supply of information. However, as we are getting older, our ability to learn and remember new things declines. [More]
Researchers use safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment

Researchers use safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment

Researchers have successfully used a new and potentially safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment. [More]
Scientists reveal structure of protein involved in life and development of cancer

Scientists reveal structure of protein involved in life and development of cancer

Scientists reveal the structure of one of the most important and complicated proteins in cell division - a fundamental process in life and the development of cancer - in research published in Nature today (Sunday). [More]
Deadly neurodegenerative disease treated in worms gives hope for humans

Deadly neurodegenerative disease treated in worms gives hope for humans

An untreatable and deadly neurodegenerative disease has been modelled and treated in worms by University of Liverpool researchers, suggesting a cure could be found for humans. [More]
Prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing and prescribing omissions in older adults examined by new study from RCSI

Prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing and prescribing omissions in older adults examined by new study from RCSI

A new study from RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) and Trinity College Dublin, which examined the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) and prescribing omissions in older Irish adults, has found that 14% of people over the age of 65 has been prescribed at least one inappropriate form of medication in their lives and 30% have not been prescribed clinically indicated medications, at least once in their lives. The [More]
Noninvasive optical imaging device helps to detect changes linked with Alzheimer's disease

Noninvasive optical imaging device helps to detect changes linked with Alzheimer's disease

A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia. [More]
High intensity exercise significantly reduces risk of death in older women

High intensity exercise significantly reduces risk of death in older women

Women would benefit from being prescribed exercise as medicine, according to a QUT study that revealed moderate to high intensity activity is essential to reducing the risk of death in older women. [More]
Exeter scientists find health benefits in rotten egg gas

Exeter scientists find health benefits in rotten egg gas

It may smell of flatulence and have a reputation for being highly toxic, but when used in the right tiny dosage, hydrogen sulfide is now being being found to offer potential health benefits in a range of issues, from diabetes to stroke, heart attacks and dementia. A new compound (AP39), designed and made at the University of Exeter, could hold the key to future therapies, by targeting delivery of very small amounts of the substance to the right (or key) places inside cells. [More]
Studies show increased risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension in egg donation patients

Studies show increased risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension in egg donation patients

With an ever-ageing female patient population, egg donation is an increasingly common treatment in infertility. ESHRE's own annual reports on fertility treatments in Europe show a rise in egg donation cycles from 15,028 in 2007 to 24,517 in 2010 (to 4.05% of all treatments). This proportion is still some way behind the USA, where egg donation now accounts for around 12% of all treatments. [More]
Short sleep linked to cognitive decline in older adults

Short sleep linked to cognitive decline in older adults

Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. [More]
Use of NMR in diagnostic research: an interview with Elaine Holmes, Imperial College

Use of NMR in diagnostic research: an interview with Elaine Holmes, Imperial College

The Phenome Center developed out of the Olympic drug testing facility, and we've adapted it so that we use NMR spectrometry, which we have three spectrometers, and mass spectrometry, to take blood and urine from hundreds and thousands of people and profile them to get a biochemical fingerprint of every person. [More]
Sleep problems associated with worse memory and executive function in older people

Sleep problems associated with worse memory and executive function in older people

Research published today in PLOS ONE by researchers at the University of Warwick indicates that sleep problems are associated with worse memory and executive function in older people. [More]
Researchers develop new method to target bone growth

Researchers develop new method to target bone growth

In an important development for the health of elderly people, University of Liverpool researchers have developed a new method to target bone growth. [More]
Computer analysis of family photos could help diagnose rare genetic disorders

Computer analysis of family photos could help diagnose rare genetic disorders

Computer analysis of photographs could help doctors diagnose which condition a child with a rare genetic disorder has, say Oxford University researchers. [More]
Low levels of testosterone decline physical function in elderly men

Low levels of testosterone decline physical function in elderly men

Elderly men with low levels of testosterone or other sex hormones have twice the likelihood of having declining physical function over two years' time compared with their peers who have the highest hormone levels, a new study from Australia finds. [More]
New study aims to improve quality of life of people wearing dental implants

New study aims to improve quality of life of people wearing dental implants

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) is managing a trial¹ into the quality of life of people wearing dental implants. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme. [More]