Discontinuity of care puts older patients at risk of hospital admission

Older patients who do not see the same GP over a period of time are at higher risk of emergency hospital admission than those who see the same or a small number of GPs.

Delayed word processing could predict development Alzheimer's

A delayed neurological response to processing the written word could be an indicator that a patient with mild memory problems is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Drug could derail synapse loss in Alzheimer's disease

A recent multi-centre study, led by King’s College London and the University of Manchester, has established that synapse loss in Alzheimer’s disease is driven by a specific signalling pathway.

With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.

Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health amalgamate

Benetas and Macedon Ranges Health have announced an amalgamation of the two organisations following a vote on 14 November 2017 by Macedon Ranges Health Members.

Health and social care spending cuts linked to 120,000 excess deaths in England

The squeeze on public finances since 2010 is linked to nearly 120,000 excess deaths in England, with the over 60s and care home residents bearing the brunt.

Support for changing the law to allow same-sex marriage

All states and territories recorded a majority Yes response to the Federal Government initiated national survey on same-sex marriage.

Ministers check aged care innovation and education

Federal minister for aged care and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills have inspected aged care facilities with a progressive outlooks on the future.

Older people speak out media awards

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, today congratulated the recipients of the Older People Speak Out Awards (OPSO), which recognise the work of the Australian media in promoting positive ageing.

Violence between nursing home residents demands our attention

Some preventable deaths in nursing homes are a result of aggression between residents. This most commonly occurs in people with dementia, new research has found.

A little stress is good for cellular health and longevity

Northwestern University molecular bioscientists have discovered that a little stress can be good for cellular health.

Aged care influenza reviews released

The Australian Government has released detailed reviews of aged care homes in Victoria and Tasmania that suffered deadly influenza outbreaks this winter.

Low back pain? Expect something different from your GP

Revisions to major international guidelines for the management and treatment of low back pain should see changes to practice worldwide.

Australia’s first stroke ambulance

Australia’s first “Stroke Ambulance” pilot is a possible game-changer in time critical stroke treatment, will take to the road in Melbourne this month.

QLD election: LNP – seniors promises

The LNP will offer Queenslanders with a Seniors Card cost of living relief.

IrisVision tool for the visually impaired

Samsung Electronics Australia, IrisVision and Vision Australia have announced the availability of a medical device that helps the visually impaired through virtual reality technology.

Heart function to brain’s memory centre link

Older people whose hearts pump less blood have blood flow reductions in the temporal lobe regions of the brain, where Alzheimer’s pathology first begins.

What happens when people with autism grow old?

If you mention autism to most people they will think about children, but it is a lifelong diagnosis.

Heavy reliance on social media

Australians find life online a positive experience, maintaining connections with friends and family, but many also face pressures about how they look and how others react to their posts.

Good design guide for house hunters

Western Australian house hunters and renters now have an easy-to-use pocket guide to help them choose a home that is liveable and has good design elements.

Should doctors order exercise for depression?

More mental health providers may want to take a closer look at including exercise in their patients’ treatment plans, a new study suggests.