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.
People with dementia need to stay physically active
Health and aged care providers and governments are being urged to act to ensure people with dementia are able to remain physically active.
Antibiotic resistance a serious threat despite discovery
In light of a major breakthrough to find new antibiotics with the discovery of teixobactin, NPS MedicineWise warns that antibiotic resistance in Australia remains a serious health problem.
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