Counting the true cost of dementia

It costs approximately AU$88,000 a year to provide health and residential care for a person living with dementia in Australia, according to new research led by Flinders University.

Radio Rentals to refund millions to customers

ASIC today announced a package of regulatory outcomes against Thorn's (Thorn Australia Pty Ltd's) consumer leasing businesses Radio Rentals, RR and Rentlo Reinvented.

Frailty test for seniors promises healthier ageing

Older Australian women are most at risk of frailty, according to research that highlights how an online test and a series of interventions can help seniors improve their health and independence.

Dietary fat may promote prostate cancer metastasis

Prostate tumours tend to be what scientists call “indolent” – so slow-growing and self-contained that many affected men die with prostate cancer, not of it.

Blood test detects multiple cancers

Researchers have developed a new blood test for the early detection of eight common cancers, diagnosing tumours before they have spread, when the chance of cure is high.

Child myopia epidemic

Thousands of children will be immediately disadvantaged in 2018 as they start, or return to school, because they simply cannot see properly.

Older Australians rely on ‘a little help from their friends’

A new report from National Seniors Australia has shown that when it comes to getting good advice in the ‘information age’, older people favour humans over going online.

Extreme heat in sport

Record-breaking temperatures during the Ashes cricket test match in Sydney led many to wonder: how hot is too hot to continue playing sport safely?

Census reveals Australia’s religious diversity on World Religion Day

World Religion Day aims to foster interfaith understanding and harmony, and is an opportunity to recognise the diversity of religion present in modern day Australia.

Lured overseas by cheap flights? Remember travel health

A public health expert is urging Australian travellers to seek health advice before they travel overseas for holidays.

How's the humidity? Hot exercise tips

Resolved to get fit this year? Ease into it – going like a bull at a gate when starting an exercise program is never a good idea, but when the heat is on, extra precautions are needed.

General anaesthetics do more than put you to sleep

A new understanding of the complex ways in which general anaesthetics act on the brain could eventually lead to improved drugs for surgery.

Can ‘sleeping’ while awake boost brain function?

Mimicking sleep processes in the awake brain of elderly people could prevent age-related decline in brain function.

New research to help measure elder abuse

To help build on the growing body of knowledge on elder abuse, the Elder Abuse National Research Project is currently underway, led by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

Widening the focus on US seniors poverty research

Using an innovative technique to measure poverty, it found that more older Americans live in deprivation than official statistics suggest.

VIC Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Plan

The Victorian Government is addressing homelessness by intervening early, getting rough sleepers housed quickly and strengthening support services to keep vulnerable people off the streets.

Just 4,000 steps a day can lead to better brain health

For adults 60 and older, moderate daily walks improve attention and mental skills, UCLA study finds.

Aged care bulletin September 2017 quarter

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner has recently made September quarterly complaints data available to the public.

Industry superannuation funds set for growth

The combination of the largest membership base and youngest age profile, gives industry superannuation funds the greatest long term or lifetime growth potential.

Brain imaging shows spread of key protein in Alzheimer’s

Advances in brain imaging have shown that a key protein, amyloid beta and tau cause nerve cell death spread throughout the brain in Alzheimer’s disease.

Consumer guarantee reports increase 39 per cent

More than 29,000 people reported consumer guarantee issues to the ACCC in 2017, with half noting problems getting remedies for faulty automotive, whitegoods or electronics products.