Anti-inflammatories for back pain?

If you’ve got back pain, medications aren’t the answer, it seems.

Governments to prioritize happiness as key measure of progress

The World Health Organization is expecting depression to rank in the top three biggest diseases within the next 15 years.

Sugar stands accused

Sugar was in the dock at Harvard Law School, accused of a prime role in the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes sweeping the country.

Women’s cognitive decline begins earlier

UCLA researchers have found that mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s.

Dementia linked to diet

There is a strong, bi-directional link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Age Discrimination Commissioner - on elder abuse

People react with disbelief when I recount examples of elder abuse that I have heard during my consultations.

Marital status may impact women's health

Even a potentially devastating event such as divorce can have some positive health outcomes for post-menopausal women.

Don’t worry, lowering the bar on home cooking is still healthy

Despite the benefits of home cooking, a new survey shows cooking at home is lower on the ‘to do’ list of many Aussies looking to improve their health in 2017.

Connecting older people with parks

Innovators, digital entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, designers and other creatives are being encouraged to develop digital solutions to encourage older South Australians to connect with nature.

Seeing the same GP associated with fewer hospital admissions

Older patients who see the same general practitioner over time experience fewer avoidable admissions to hospital for certain conditions, finds a study published by The BMJ.

Over-thinking and stress stems weight loss

When it comes to diets, most Australians tend to over-think, have too high expectations and are anxious about failure – all of which can derail the best intentions.

Cost a major barrier for accessing low vision aids

A new report related to aids and technologies for low vision persons has been released indicating that cost is a major barrier for older persons.

New PTSD treatment research for veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan has officially launched the trial of a new intensive treatment program for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Drugs don’t work - back pain researchers

Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat back pain provide little benefit, but cause side effects, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.

New Complaints Commissioner resources

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner has released four new education resources - animations about its service provider complaint resolution process and the Commissioner’s top 10 tips.

Never leave kids in cars

New Ambulance Victoria data reveals paramedics are getting an average of four call outs a day across Melbourne for kids left in locked cars.

Helping WA carers to help others

The State Government is supporting Western Australia's estimated 320,000 carers with the awarding of a $1 million tender to Carers WA to provide a range of support services.

Older adults fulfilled as volunteers who help the young

A program linking older adults with elementary school students provides children with academic and social support, and gives volunteers a positive perception of how they help the next generation.

Meal deliveries for the elderly reduce loneliness

Seniors who receive meal deliveries at home report significantly less loneliness than those who do not.

Centrelink's online compliance review 'facts'

Public discussion continues to present false accounts of the Centrelink online compliance review system says the Department of Humans Services.

Anxiety and depression may be linked to increased risk for some cancers

A study published by The BMJ suggests that higher levels of psychological distress (anxiety and depression) may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain cancers.