Hard of hearing? It's not your ears, it's your brain

The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing. Researchers have determined that something is going on in the brains of typical older adults that causes them to struggle to follow speech amidst background noise, even when their hearing would be considered normal on a clinical assessment.

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World Cup memories shared as part of celebration

MEMORIES from the 1966 World Cup were collected and shared as part of Leeds Beckett University’s celebration of Dementia Awareness Week.
As part of a new partnership with the Sporting Memories Foundation, a charity which works across communities to support older people, the event brought together people from care homes and those living with dementia and will be was at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus.
The ‘Memories of 1966’ project celebrates the glory of 1966 and the legacy of England’s win 50 years later, and will culminate in an exhibition housed at The National Football Museum later this year.

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Castleoak and Anchor announce £16.6m deal to develop luxury retirement village

SPECIALIST construction and development partner for retirement living, Castleoak, has announced a contract win with Anchor worth £16.6million.
Castleoak will deliver phase two of Anchor’s luxury retirement village, Bishopstoke Park, near Winchester,
Hampshire, which will see the addition of 73 luxury one and two bedroom apartments to the popular independent living community.
Dominic Hayes, director of property development and procurement at Anchor, said, ‘We are delighted to be working with Castleoak on phase two of Bishopstoke Park. The village offers residents an exceptionally high quality, aspirational living environment and we needed a specialist experienced in delivering schemes of this calibre.
‘This will be the 11th project we have worked on with Castleoak and we are confident they have the
expertise required to manage the successful delivery of the project.’

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Home does its bit for Sport Relief

THE good sports at Field View care home in Blackhall Colliery have been supporting Sport Relief by hosting a fancy dress and sports day.
Staff and residents took part in various challenges such as badminton, hula-hooping and ball games, all in the name of charity.
Staff at Field View got into the Sport Relief spirit by donning sporting-themed fancy dress.
The energetic day was organised by activities coordinator Janice Hardy.

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Scientists model outer membrane of 12 bacterial species to speed new drugs for 'bad bugs'

Information could be the key to winning the race against antibiotic resistance. If we lose, a new analysis predicts a frightening future where drug resistant bacterial infections kill more people worldwide than cancer, warn experts.

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Severe lead poisoning in children: Causes and risk factors

Although national and local policies have reduced the prevalence of lead poisoning in the United States, severe cases still occur.  Whereas, exposures at blood lead levels (BLLs) as low as 5 µg/dL have been associated with long-term irreversible cognitive deficits, more severe exposures at BLLs ?45 µg/dL can result in organ damage and death.  In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers identified sources of exposure and assessed outcomes for children with severe lead poisoning.

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Bacterial genes boost current in human cells

Biomedical engineers have harvested genes for ion channels from bacteria that, with a few tweaks, can create and enhance electrical signaling in human cells, making the cells more electrically excitable. The technique could one day be used to treat cardiac arrhythmia or to restore electrical functions to scarred heart or nervous system tissues. It might also prove useful for treating a variety of genetic diseases involving poor conductivity in human sodium and calcium channels, say the researchers.

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Angela Rippon opens extra-care scheme

ANGELA Rippon OBE has praised a leading affordable housing, care and support provider in the East Midlands, for meeting the needs of an ageing population by helping them to remain independent.
The TV presenter and former news reader gave her positive endorsement at the official opening of emh group’s Oak Court. The £8million extra-scheme in Blaby contains 50 self-contained apartments for people aged 55 and over.
Angela was given a private tour of Oak Court, which has a dementia friendly design and additional support facilities which promote independent living, including a cinema, hairdressers, shop, arts and crafts room and sensory garden which are all also available to the wider community.

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