Use of cognitive abilities to care for grandkids may have driven evolution of menopause

Instead of having more children, a grandmother may pass on her genes more successfully by using her cognitive abilities to directly or indirectly aid her existing children and grandchildren. Such an advantage could have driven the evolution of menopause in humans.

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Imaging of scar tissue formation

Organs respond to injuries with the formation of new fibrous tissue, which can result in scarring. This process called fibrogenesis can now be monitored noninvasively on a molecular level, as scientists report. They have created a new gadolinium-based probe for magnetic resonance imaging that specifically reports the proteins involved in fibrogenesis. The imaging method may provide a quantitative assessment of the formation of the potentially harmful scar tissue.

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Care home construction company helps build houses for needy families in Cambodia

CONSTRUCTION company Goldfinch Developments has sponsored Rob Earrey and his team at Aon, a global provider of risk and people solutions, to build houses for underprivileged families in Cambodia.
Goldfinch sponsored Aon, who work in partnership with housing poverty charity, Habitat for Humanity, to build vital structures with water and electricity for four families with low incomes.
The project involved 34 team members from Aon flying to Cambodia to make bricks, dig septic pits, fit windows and doors, and help with a variety of other tasks all in 30 degree heat.
The finished houses, which take approximately two months to build, will make a vital difference to Cambodian families who earn less than $5 a day and are used to unsanitary living conditions.

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Care provider unveils four new franchises

SureCare has announced four new franchisees.
The four new franchises cover the territories of Hillingdon, North Leeds, Rugby and North Warwickshire and Coventry and South Warwickshire.
They are the latest franchisees to join SureCare, which is expanding rapidly across the UK.
The family owned business is led by managing director Gary Farrer, while son Josh is the company’s franchise recruitment manager.

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First phase of development project completed

CARE in Sunderland and the surrounding area has taken a dramatic change for the better, as Orchard Care Homes completes the first phase of a development project in five homes in the region, worth over £500,000 of investment.
To officially launch the reopening of the homes, The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson, visited Archers Park in Farringdon, and spent time with the residents and care staff.
Having taken over the facilities a year ago, Orchard Care Homes began regeneration work in the spring and has invested significant time and money in bringing the homes to the same high standards of care provision as the wider group. From cosmetic upgrades to the addition of pub spaces and the implementation of dementia strategies throughout the home, where tactile and visually stimulating environments are created with the purpose of supporting the lives of and enhancing the memories of those living with dementia.
The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Alan Emerson, is pictured with Tracey Tomlinson, director of customer experience, Orchard Care Homes, Jackie Murray, regional operations manager for Orchard Care Homes and Roz Wright, home manager.

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Could calcium hold the key to fighting a dangerous hospital infection?

It lurks in hospitals and nursing homes, preying upon patients already weak from disease or advanced age. It kills nearly 30,000 Americans a year, and sickens half a million more. But new research shows that Clostridium difficile bacteria can’t do all this without enough of a humble nutrient: calcium. And that new knowledge may lead to better treatment for the most vulnerable patients.

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