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.
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.
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.
Aged care sector continues growth
The number of aged care places in Australia is continuing to rise, according to two reports released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Falls preventable in over 65s
A large-scale international review involving University of Sydney researchers has shed light on falls in older people, revealing interventions can prevent falls in over 65s and living in their own homes.
Healthy living into old age can add years to life
Living a healthy lifestyle into old age can add five years to women’s lives and six years to men’s, finds a study from Sweden published on bmj.com today.
Ageing issues and HIV issues forum
Care Connect and Positive Directions (Anglicare) will host a forum entitled ‘Ageing issues and support for people living with HIV’ in Brisbane on 31 August 2012.
Mitochondria size does matter in Alzheimer's
Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may lie in modifying the length of subcellular structures in the brain responsible for metabolising energy, mitochondria.
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