What you can do to reduce the risk of bowel cancer caused by E. coli bacteria

Several bacteria are already linked to human cancers, and new evidence points towards a link between Escherichia coli (E. coli) and an increased risk of bowel cancer. Luckily there are things we can do to limit the risk posed by bacteria.

ASIC hits misleading pet insurance advertising

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (Allianz) has compensated 740 Petplan insurance customers over $231,000 and its agent, Petplan Australasia Pty Ltd (Petplan), has corrected its Petplan adds.

Flood deaths are avoidable: don't go in the water

The flooding rains that have drenched eastern Australia have tragically left several people dead and several more missing in New South Wales and Tasmania. Last year at this time of year we saw five vehicle related drownings in Queensland.

Stay well this winter with winning meals

After a bumper cold and flu season last year, dietitians are urging older Australians to boost their immune system this winter by tapping into nutritious comfort foods.

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007.

Life needs to be valued in nursing homes

People in nursing homes live a mean time of 2.8 years. As this will be their final home, many people see nursing homes as “God’s waiting room”.

Dairy avoidance by women reaches dangerous levels

A study has found for the first time that one in six adult Australians are choosing to avoid milk and dairy foods, the majority without a medical diagnosis, with health concerns for women in particular.

VIC aged care modernisation starts

The Victorian Government has started the largest revamp of public aged care homes in metropolitan Melbourne.

Community groups call for reform to negative gearing

A national alliance of community housing and welfare groups says it’s time to get serious about reforming negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount to increase housing affordability.

To reduce pre-Alzheimer’s cognitive impairment, get to the yoga mat

Inner peace and a flexible body may not be the most valuable benefits that yoga and meditation have to offer.

Here's what people in their 90s really think about death

Across the developed world more people are living longer, which of course means more get to be extremely old by the time they die. Nearly half of all deaths in the United Kingdom are in people aged 85 or older, up from only one in five just 25 years ago.

Ageing affects test-taking, not language in older adults

The ability to understand language could be much better preserved into old age with older adults struggeling more with test conditions than language processing.

Winter warmer warning: no outdoor gas heaters indoors

It may be cosy, but the outdoor gas heater you’re using to keep warm this winter could be a hazard unless it’s used properly.

Super changes not so super for women over 50

Women over 50 will be the worst hit as a result of the Federal Government's changes to superannuation unveiled in the Federal Budget.

Don’t call me nanna: the ‘Advanced Style’ phenomenon

The latest findings from Roy Morgan reveal that a growing proportion of Aussie women aged 65+ possess qualities fundamental for any aspiring advanced style icon.

QLD's new campaign: ‘there’s no excuse for elder abuse’

The Queensland Government has launched a new campaign to target the growing issue of elder abuse in Queensland.

Expenditure on palliative care medicine services increase by 80%

In 2014-15, 13,000 patients received an MBS-subsidised palliative medicine specialist service, with around 71,500 of these services provided nationally at a cost of $5.3 million paid in benefits.

Palliative care should be embraced, not feared

Palliative care programs are well established in Australia but they aren’t being used effectively.

Spotlight on active ageing and design

How can public space be designed to optimise participation and foster a sense of security for older adults?

Calls for both sides of government to address aged care shortfall

An alliance of 48 aged care consumers, providers and staff groups say both major parties need to promise to address the shortfall in residential places and home care services.

Study suggests rethink of dementia causes

Researchers have developed a new theory for the causes of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, involving an out-of-control immune system.