Seniors LOL for better health

Regular laughter could be a secret to a healthier life for the over 60s, a new study has found.

Lifelong approach to physical activity best for brain health

Engaging in lifelong physical activity can benefit brain health and may also be protective against cognitive decline and dementia in late life.

A blood thinner medicine and an anaesthetic mix up recall

Australia’s medicine and medical devices regulator, the TGA, is working with Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd on a recall for product correction notice to be actioned for one batch each of ampoules of Heparin and Lignocaine following one report of a product mix up.

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Timely reminder to brush up on oral health routine

With this year’s dental health week theme being ‘Oral Health for Busy Lives’, ADOHTA has some quick tips to ensure your smile and mouth are in the best shape possible.

Stroke survivors urged to keep moving

Most stroke survivors are doing little or no physical activity despite evidence that being active can reduce the risk of having another stroke or heart attack, according to new research.

South west residents urged to make bushfire prep a priority

As bushfire season inches closer, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging landowners across the south west to prepare their property for bushfire season to decrease risk.

Asthmatics no better off on more costly drug

Australians are relying on expensive asthma medication despite new research showing many New Zealanders with asthma fare just the same on a more affordable inhaler.

Disasters can harm older adults long after storms have passed

My phone rang around midnight: A major hurricane was predicted to hit a nearby coastal town, which was under a mandatory evacuation order.

Danger of holiday pics on social media

Social media users know they shouldn’t share their home address, current location or phone number on Facebook, half of them still share vacation photos or social plans.

$5.3B in concessions and rebates waiting for Queenslanders

Queenslanders are being encouraged to check their eligibility to a range of concessions and rebates, including the increased $340.85 annual electricity bill rebate.

Introducing four-year-olds to an old people's home

Lying on the floor pretending to roar like a lion can do wonders for an elderly man’s well-being.

Fight frailty with intense bursts of exercise

High intensity interval training (HIIT) can reverse frailty at advanced age, preclinical study finds.

Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry submissions

Submissions to the Senate Committee are available for public review.

Dementia Forum Report released

The Federal Government has released the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum report, highlighting how support for people living with dementia can be improved.

Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan

The National Mental Health Commission's has new responsibility to monitor and report on the implementation of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Workout benefits ageing muscles

La Trobe researcher analysed the impact of high intensity training on the muscle health of a group of people aged 68 to 76.

Improving medication safety for people with dementia

A study led by the University of Newcastle received $544,096 in funding to improve the safety and outcomes of people with dementia after they are discharged from hospital.

Australians dying of overdoses of pharmaceutical opioids

In a reversal of the heroin epidemic of the late 90s and early 2000s, older Australians aged 35 to 54 are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose, a new report reveals.

Dementia a research priority for UQ

The University of Queensland has been awarded almost $7.5 million to accelerate improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia.

Resources supporting complex aged-care communication

Linguistic and cultural diversity among nurses and care workers combined with complex patient health profiles among those who depend on their care, are addressed in a recent report.