Nutritional considerations for healthy aging, reduction in age-related chronic disease

Improving dietary resilience and better integration of nutrition in the health care system can promote healthy aging and may significantly reduce the financial and societal burden of the “silver tsunami,” report authors of a new report.

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Use of fetal genetic sequencing increases the detection rate of genetic findings

Researchers have found that, in preliminary data, fetal genomic (whole exome) sequencing (WES) as a diagnostic test for women with pregnancies complicated by major fetal congenital anomalies increased the detection rate of genetic findings by between 10 to 30 percent.

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Home's Punch and Judy party a hit with school children

THERE may be a chill in the air this spring, but that didn’t stop residents at Holcroft Grange from turning up the heat and hosting a beach party for local pupils from St Lewis Catholic Primary School.
Residents and schoolchildren came together to enjoy a Punch and Judy puppet show, followed by a fish and chip lunch served in classic paper cones, and an afternoon of beach-themed party games.
Some residents even came dressed for the occasion, embracing the beach party theme and sporting shorts and Hawaiian shirts in preparation for a day of beach party fun.
The event, organised by Holcroft Grange activity coordinator Nicola Newens, was held entirely at the home.

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Donation transforms dementia care home's gardens

RESIDENTS at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas can enjoy stunning gardens thanks to a £2,000 donation from the Winifred Kennedy Trust.
The home supports 30 people who live with dementia and age-related needs. It also provides day care to older people from across the local community.
Friends of Carlingwark – a group of relatives, friends and community members who regularly organise activities and fundraising events for the home – successfully applied for funding through the Winifred Kennedy Trust.
The Trust had previously supported the care home with a £1,000 donation to help with the start-up of an innovative digital activity programme.
Friends of Carlingwark received a further £200 from the Castle Douglas Community Council, as well as £600 from a collection held at the funeral of Leah Couper, a long term Friend of Carlingwark House.

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Home honours retired nurse residents on International Nurses Day

FOUR former nurses living in Field View Care Home, Blackhall Colliery, were honoured for their service to the field of nursing with a presentation organised by the home to commemorate International Nurses Day.
Residents Margaret Golightly, Mary Jamieson, Joyce Young and Evelyn Smith were surprised and delighted when Janice Hardy, the home’s activities coordinator, announced the special presentation in recognition of their hard work and service to the field.
Durham County Councillors Rob Crute and Lynn Pounder, who represent the Blackhall’s division, visited the home to chat with residents and staff and present the four ladies with a bouquet of flowers.

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Glucose supplementation significantly reduces length of induced labor in childbirth

Prolonged labor can be harmful to maternal and fetal health. Few medical interventions are known to shorten labor duration. Because muscle performance is known to be improved by glucose supplementation, the researchers tested whether adding glucose to the intravenous hydration solution women receive during labor could accelerate labor.

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Meditation and music may help reverse early memory loss in adults at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, scientists found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss. 

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Evaluation of the effects of laser tissue welding for spina bifida repair

Spina Bifia is a birth defect where there is incomplete closure of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. It affects more than 4,000 children born each year in the U.S. and is associated with hydrocephalus (excessive accumulation of fluid on the brain), developmental delay, lifelong disability and death. This preliminary study hoped to determine the effects of laser tissue welding on underlying skin and spinal cord tissue.

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Tenants treated to special St Patrick's Day celebration

TENANTS at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend flew the Irish flag and got into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day with a visit from some special guests.
Tenants of the Ifield Way housing scheme are often seen to be celebrating some kind of special event, so it was highly unlikely that St Patrick’s Day would slip by unnoticed.
The tenants all gathered together in the communal lounge to enjoy some customary Irish entertainment, in the form of Irish dancers. The three young dancers put on a spectacular show, as the tenants thoroughly enjoyed clapping and tapping their feet along to the traditional music.
Following the girls’ performance, the tenants continued their celebratory evening with a buffet tea and a tipple or two.
Helen Goulding, scheme manager of Watling Court, said: ‘The tenants absolutely loved watching the Irish dancing, they were all really getting into the spirit of it all and thought the girls did an absolutely wonderful job.’

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