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.

Statin reduce women's cardiovascular risk

A large international study, published in The Lancet, has shown that statin treatment reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

Medicines can make skin more sensitive to the sun

Some medicines can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so NPS MedicineWise advises Australians to check their medicines packaging for warnings to avoid excessive skin exposure to sunlight and sunlamps.

Is vitamin D a magic bullet?

If your New Year’s resolution is already a distant memory, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has a research resolution you can stick to.

Red Cross expands phone calling to people who live alone

Red Cross is calling on locals to sign on to two highly valued volunteer programs which bring peace of mind to hundreds of vulnerable, isolated people.

Heatwaves potential killer of the aged

More than 2.5 million elderly Australians are at risk of serious injury or death due to heat-related illness and require extra precautions and care as temperatures rise.

Men have twice the death rate from hip fractures

New research has confirmed that older men have a much higher risk of dying in the first 12 months after a hip fracture.

New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.

QLD disaster and emergency info a click away

Queenslanders will have vital information on natural disasters at their fingertips with the launch of a centralised online platform www.qld.gov.au/emergency.

Aged care sector continues growth

The number of aged care places in Australia is continuing to rise, according to two reports released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Falls preventable in over 65s

A large-scale international review involving University of Sydney researchers has shed light on falls in older people, revealing interventions can prevent falls in over 65s and living in their own homes.

Healthy living into old age can add years to life

Living a healthy lifestyle into old age can add five years to women’s lives and six years to men’s, finds a study from Sweden published on bmj.com today.

Ageing issues and HIV issues forum

Care Connect and Positive Directions (Anglicare) will host a forum entitled ‘Ageing issues and support for people living with HIV’ in Brisbane on 31 August 2012.

Mitochondria size does matter in Alzheimer's

Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may lie in modifying the length of subcellular structures in the brain responsible for metabolising energy, mitochondria.