Losing a spouse often hastily linked to depression

Loneliness brought about by the death of a spouse can trigger a wider network of depression-like symptoms – and doctors are often too quick to attribute the symptoms to depression.

Living alone in Australia

A quarter of all Australian households are now lone person households, according to a new demographic trends paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Risks taking paracetamol long-term

Doctors may have underestimated the risks for patients who take paracetamol long-term, suggests research published online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Government action taken to protect aged care residents

Any kind of mistreatment of older Australians in the care of an aged care facility is completely unacceptable - Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield.

For older adults, a solution to sleepless nights

Everybody has a restless night now and again, but sleep disturbances among the elderly are a significant medical and public health concern.

Biomarker offers clearer prognosis for bowel and rectal cancer

For the first time, a biomarker will allow clinicians to distinguish certain types of colorectal cancer patients who do relatively well after surgery from those who may subsequently die from their disease.

Alzheimer's disease linked to heart's effect on the brain

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a disputed rival with implications for medicine's efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

Private health insurance premium increases 2015

Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has approved a private health insurance premium increase by a weighted industry average of 6.18 per cent for more than 13 million Australians from 1 April 2015.

Knowledge lost as older workers leave workforce

According to a report on older workers, less than a quarter of the respondents to a survey said that their organisation took routine steps to capture the knowledge of workers as they transition out of the workforce.

Higher risk of death linked to hospital stays less than 10 days

Older patients are more likely to die following a short hospital stay for a hip fracture, finds research published in The BMJ today.

Anger can trigger a heart attack!

University of Sydney research reveals that the risk of a heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger.

Aged Care Quality Advisory Council announced

The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, has announced the membership of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council.

COACH Program: care from a distance for heart patients

A medical coaching program for patients with cardiovascular disease and/or type 2 diabetes successfully reduced risk factors in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

Added sugars - greater role than salt in high blood pressure

Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke, than added salt, says an analysis of published evidence in the online journal Open Heart.

Renewed calls for Aussies to get active

With Australia’s Healthy Weight Week in full swing, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), has renewed calls for Australians to increase their physical activity levels.

Electric fans cool in heatwaves

A new study reveals electric fans can help prevent heat related illness during heatwaves, contrary to public health authorities’ claims that fans are dangerous when the mercury rises above 35 degrees Celsius.

$75,000 lost every day to romance scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the online dating community to beware of any love interest who asks for money.

Pumping iron could ward off dementia

High intensity weight training is important for brains not just brawn and could be prescribed in the fight against dementia according to new research from the University of Sydney.

Better practice in residential care facilities guide

People living and working in residential care facilities will benefit from a new resource launched by researchers from The University of Western Australia's Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA).

Improved outcomes for stroke patients

A landmark trial has shown significantly improved outcomes for stroke patients with the use of a clot busting drug and clot removal.

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.