Self-funded retirees hit by falling interest rates

The decision this week to cut the official interest rate will further erode the income of term deposit holders, especially self-funded retirees, says National Seniors.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program extended to 70 and 74-year-olds

From this 2015, 70 and 74-year-olds will receive free at-home bowel cancer screening kits as the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program widen screening to include additional age groups.

3D printing of bone replacements

A biomedical engineering team based at the University of Sydney has developed a new low cost method for producing bone replacement implants for severely damaged skulls.

Support for severe symptoms of dementia in aged care

The Federal Government has announced an initiative to expand support for aged care residents experiencing severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Victorian's to access Alzheimer's test drug

A Victorian patient with Alzheimer's disease has become the first in the world to be given a new drug that experts hope will revolutionise treatment for the most common form of dementia.

Diet and nutrition essential for mental health

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health.

Both weight loss and weight gain linked with increased fracture risk

Both weight gain and weight loss in older (postmenopausal) women are associated with increased incidence of fracture, but at different anatomical sites, finds a study published in The BMJ this week.

Checklist to spot elderly patients most at risk of death

Australian doctors have come up with a checklist designed to spot elderly hospital patients likely to die within the next three months – BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.

Distractions a danger to pedestrians

The Victorian Government has called on Victorians to be alert around roads, after new figures show pedestrian fatalities rose by 22 per cent last year.

Tech savvy scammers prowling for victims

Consumers are being warned of the dangers of falling for computer virus scams, following recent reports of residents being contacted by scammers.

Fads not the answer to dieting

According to Australia’s latest National Nutrition Survey, more than 2.3 million Australians (13%) aged 15 years and older say they are on a diet to lose weight or to improve their health.

Weight loss expert agrees with ditching fad diets

Sally Symonds supports the Dietitians Association of Australia in encouraging Australians to ditch fad diets.

People with dementia need to stay physically active

Health and aged care providers and governments are being urged to act to ensure people with dementia are able to remain physically active.

Antibiotic resistance a serious threat despite discovery

In light of a major breakthrough to find new antibiotics with the discovery of teixobactin, NPS MedicineWise warns that antibiotic resistance in Australia remains a serious health problem.

Statin reduce women's cardiovascular risk

A large international study, published in The Lancet, has shown that statin treatment reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

Medicines can make skin more sensitive to the sun

Some medicines can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so NPS MedicineWise advises Australians to check their medicines packaging for warnings to avoid excessive skin exposure to sunlight and sunlamps.

Is vitamin D a magic bullet?

If your New Year’s resolution is already a distant memory, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has a research resolution you can stick to.

Red Cross expands phone calling to people who live alone

Red Cross is calling on locals to sign on to two highly valued volunteer programs which bring peace of mind to hundreds of vulnerable, isolated people.

Heatwaves potential killer of the aged

More than 2.5 million elderly Australians are at risk of serious injury or death due to heat-related illness and require extra precautions and care as temperatures rise.

Men have twice the death rate from hip fractures

New research has confirmed that older men have a much higher risk of dying in the first 12 months after a hip fracture.

New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.