Study into nursing home deaths

The first comprehensive study into injury related or premature deaths of residents in nursing homes has found that more than 80 per cent are from falls.

How ageing affects driving

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) are studying how ageing affects driving with the aim of promoting road safety, and they are looking for more older drivers to help with the project.

Extended treatment may prevent breast cancer returning for some women

Women with breast cancer receiving further treatment with an aromatase inhibitor, which reduces the production of oestrogen, may prevent breast cancer from returning.

Protein and carbs, not calories, hold the key to a long life

Low protein, high carbohydrate diets could be just as effective as low calorie diets at promoting a long life and good heart and digestive health.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome study

An Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member is conducting a world-first study into chronic lateral hip pain in post-menopausal women, also known as GTPS.

Palliative Care - Talking about dying won’t kill you

People nearing the end of their lives and their families, carers and nursing staff will benefit from $52 million in Federal Government funding for palliative care projects.

Curb winter weight gain: Trim takeaway tips from nutrition experts

The DAA says that nearly half of all Australian adults are expected to pile on the kilos over winter, prompting calls to reign in fatty takeaways and discretionary foods over the cooler months.

QLD strategy for End-of-Life Care launched

Queensland Minister for Health Cameron Dick has launched Queensland’s Statewide Strategy for End-of-Life Care to ensure people facing a terminal illness receive a high standard of care.

Consumers big winners from medicines deals

The price of common medicines could be slashed – potentially saving patients over $100 per year – with the Federal Government striking two landmark deals benefiting consumers.

Elderly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery

Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts.

Youth Action urging trial of homeshare with older Australians

Students and young workers could move in with older Australians — exchanging household assistance for free or subsidised rent.

The Dementia Epidemic: Is Australia Prepared?

Industry experts, people living with dementia, carers and researchers will share their expertise and stories at a first-of-its-kind forum on dementia on Wednesday 20 May at the University of Sydney.

Gunbalanya elder recognised with Order of Australia

Gunbalanya elder, Timothy Nadjowh has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his service to the Indigenous communities of West Arnhem Land and to the visual arts.

NSW public transport hazards for aged commuters

Automatic boom gates that shut too quickly, fast set downs on trains and buses and slippery platforms are among the major hazards confronting older and less mobile commuters.

Reassessing high use of heartburn and reflux medicines

Many Australians may be using (and spending money on) a daily prescription heartburn and reflux medicine that may not be necessary.

Volunteers not safe from workplace bullying

Despite the charitable nature of volunteering new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Murdoch University has found one in three volunteers can experience workplace bullying as in any other workplace.

Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge.

Carers deserve more credit in the retirement incomes debate

Australia could not function without the enormous and mostly hidden contribution of carers.

High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

Paracetamol is ineffective for lower back pain

Paracetamol is not effective in the treatment of spinal pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to a study published in The BMJ today.

Dementia now the second leading cause of death

The ABS has released their 2013 report on causes of death in Australia – which looks at the 147,678 deaths reported in 2013 and presents a full picture of mortality patterns across the population.