Primordial goo used to improve implants

CSIRO has developed a new coating that could be used to improve medical devices and implants, thanks to a "goo" thought to be have been home to the building blocks of life.

Victor Harbour builder wins Seniors Housing award

South Coast Constructions from South Australia took out the Department of Health National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award for 2015.

Clearing brain plaques makes mouse alzheimers worse

Therapies that reduce deposits of amyloid plaque in the brain are ineffective at repairing neuronal impairment in mice and actually increase it.

Marijuana not proven for arthritis pain management

A review of the evidence shows little support for the assertion that cannabinoids are beneficial in rheumatic diseases.

Phone plans - The older you are, the more you pay

Older Australians are encouraged to review their mobile phone plans, with Canstar Blue research showing a strong correlation between your age and the size of your bill.

Long-term exercise prevents age-related brain changes

A study of the brains of mice shows that deterioration associated with old age can be prevented by long-term aerobic exercise starting in mid-life.

Life expectancy and deaths hit historic highs

Life expectancy and death numbers hit historic highs in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

20,000+ voice their views on private health

More than 20,000 Australians have voiced their views on how to make private health insurance better value for consumers just five days after the Government launched its consultation.

New national diabetes strategy

On World Diabetes Day the Federal Government has released a new national strategy to tackle diabetes, which is emerging as a major chronic illness.

Scammers imitate Centrelink

The ACCC is warning consumers to beware of scammers imitating Department of Human Services or Centrelink officers to trick you into handing over your money or personal details.

Free VIC travel for Australian injured Veterans

An estimated 500 Victorian veterans who were seriously injured on Australian soil during their service are now eligible for free public transport travel passes.

Exercise promises to reverse the affects of dementia

Professor Perry Bartlett, founding director of the Queensland Brain Institute, has been awarded the CSL Florey Medal for his discoveries in neuroscience and that the brain is ever-changing.

WA Seniors Card applications go digital

Western Australia is to launch a dedicated website to make applications for Seniors Cards digital for the first time.

QLD to protect catastrophically injured road victims

The Queensland Government is considering options to implement the no fault National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS).

Vehicle lemon laws needed

A law academic says Australian consumers need new evidentiary laws to protect them against 'lemons' - defective new vehicles that require multiple repairs.

Victorians to reshape rental laws

The Victorian Government is encouraging the community to help shape rental laws relating to length of leases, terminations, and rent increases.

Fitness trumps fatness

A finding that cardio-respiratory fitness is more important than fat loss for people suffering so-called ‘Syndrome X’ has landed a Queensland researcher a New Investigator Award.

Age-friendly local government funding

More than 50 Western Australian local governments are being supported to becoming age-friendly, through the State Government's Age-Friendly Communities Grants Program.

Plan needed to fix broken budget

With the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook expected before the end of the year, we need a plan and consensus on repairing the broken Budget, the Australian Bankers’ Association said.

Osteoporosis – cracking up older men

‘Movember’ is all about helping men live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Australians downgrading private health cover

Australians dumped or downgraded half-a-million ‘all-inclusive’ private health insurance policies last year as record numbers flocked to cheaper cover with exclusions and excesses.