Back strains most likely in the morning

Sudden attacks of back pain are more likely to begin in the morning than later in the day, but are unlikely to be triggered by sex.

Resistance training improves older bones

Big improvements in strength with no injuries have been the hallmarks of success with a Griffith University study looking at the physical function of post-menopausal women.

Prostate cancer app support

Australian men are now able to access prostate cancer information at their own convenience with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) launching its ProstateApp.

New tool to help detect financial abuse

Following a successful trial, Capacity Australia, with support from the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA), has released an online education tool to help bank staff combat rising financial abuse of vulnerable people.

Caution over any health benefits of alcohol

Any health benefits from alcohol may be limited to women aged 65 and over - and even then may have been exaggerated by existing studies, suggests research published in The BMJ .

Don’t be stung by the sun's heat

People are being urged to protect themselves this summer from potentially harmful effects of the searing sun following a 128 per cent spike in sunstroke presentations In SA between 2013 and 2014.

Reminding women to screen for breast cancer

Today saw the launched of a BreastScreen Victoria advertising campaign, encouraging women to register for breast screening.

Year of the Sheep celebrated - Sydney

The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Twilight Parade, to be held Sunday 22 February, will feature more than 3,000 national and international performers, building projections and 35 floats.

Parents continue to ignore warnings about hot cars

Ahead of this weekend’s forecast hot temperatures, the Government is urging parents not to leave children unattended in parked cars.

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.