WA online driver fitness declarations

Motorists will soon be able to complete a statutory declaration verifying their fitness to drive rather than attend a medical assessment.

Clearing brain plaques makes mouse alzheimers worse

Therapies that reduce deposits of amyloid plaque in the brain are ineffective at repairing neuronal impairment in mice and actually increase it.

Long-term exercise prevents age-related brain changes

A study of the brains of mice shows that deterioration associated with old age can be prevented by long-term aerobic exercise starting in mid-life.

Life expectancy and deaths hit historic highs

Life expectancy and death numbers hit historic highs in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Exercise promises to reverse the affects of dementia

Professor Perry Bartlett, founding director of the Queensland Brain Institute, has been awarded the CSL Florey Medal for his discoveries in neuroscience and that the brain is ever-changing.

Fitness trumps fatness

A finding that cardio-respiratory fitness is more important than fat loss for people suffering so-called ‘Syndrome X’ has landed a Queensland researcher a New Investigator Award.

Osteoporosis – cracking up older men

‘Movember’ is all about helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Australians downgrading private health cover

Australians dumped or downgraded half-a-million ‘all-inclusive’ private health insurance policies last year as record numbers flocked to cheaper cover with exclusions and excesses.

Ladders risky for older men

It’s that time of year when we start spring cleaning and DIY jobs. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging older men to be mindful of ladder safety.

Improving dementia support

The Federal Government will build a nationally consistent dementia support services following analysis released today that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.

New SA elder abuse campaign

A new public awareness campaign aimed at putting a stop to the abuse of older South Australians has been launched.

Crisis continues among older workers

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Willing to Work consultation has found that discrimination against mature-age workers persists widely amongst job recruiters.

Vision pass boosts travel accessibility

QLD commuters who are blind or have low vision will be able to travel more independently across the state with the Government introducing an upgraded permanent go access Vision Impairment Travel Pass.

Common prescription medicines cheaper over-the-counter

Many concessional patients with a prescription for medicines such as paracetamol and aspirin are paying two-to-three times retail prices than if they simply purchased them over-the-counter.

NSW Registered Nurses in aged care report

A report by the Legislative Council Standing Committee tabled in the NSW Parliament on 29 October 2015 recommended that RNs be on duty in residential aged care at all times.

Faecal transplants show promise

The use of faecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice.

Cancer survivors eat unhealthily

While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short.

Risk of heat-related health problems increases with age

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

Mindful care for carers

Mindfulness activities may be useful in reducing the stress and increasing quality of life for those people caring for family members or friends with an illness.

GDF could lead to better recovery after stroke

UCLA researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the brain.

The Gray Wave. The Silver Tsunami. The Agequake.

Aging societies have been on the horizon for decades around the world.