Aged & Allied Health

Could human cord plasma boost the ageing brain?

25 April, 2017 by

Scientists are exploring the potential of human cord plasma to slow brain degeneration.


The National Aged Care Quality Indicator Program — helping combat unplanned weight loss

11 April, 2017 by Valentina Giannelli* | Supplied by: Dietitians Association of Australia

It is well recognised that residents of aged-care facilities are at high risk of weight loss, with the prevalence of malnutrition in the residential aged-care setting ranging from 40–70%.


World Health Day 7 April — living with a black dog

07 April, 2017 by

The WHO campaign for World Health Day is focusing on the prevention and treatment of depression.


Local drug action teams to find cracks in the ice

05 April, 2017 by

Federal money is on finding a community-based solution to ice and other drugs of addiction.


There's no need to lock older people into nursing homes 'for their own safety'

22 March, 2017 by Marta Woolford, Monash University and Joseph Ibrahim, Monash University

To lock or not? How much of our concern for safety is for the resident, how much is for the family members and caregivers, and how much of it is for the staff and owners of nursing homes?


FactCheck: it's true – WA has the nation's highest rate of methamphetamine use

22 February, 2017 by Nicole Lee, Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Western Australia's state Labor leader Mark McGowan was quoted as saying "we have the worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country". It's true.


Is your brain training program worth its weight?

22 February, 2017 by

Popular brain training programs have been put to the test by researchers. The results show that some programs, but not all, can help slow cognitive decline that may lead to dementia.


What's that word? Brain changes begin years before Alzheimer's diagnosis

21 February, 2017 by

Alzheimer's is a long game — it doesn't happen overnight. The good news is, early intervention can delay onset.


$8 million Lighthouse Hospital Project improves acute coronary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

14 February, 2017 by

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP recently announced $8 million to expand a project that is transforming hospital care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with acute coronary syndrome.


Heart risk for people with schizophrenia

08 February, 2017 by

Australians with schizophrenia die 25 years earlier than others due to poor heart health.


Breakthrough in motor neurone disease research gives hope

07 February, 2017 by Florienne Loder*

When a person is diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), it's a race against time.


Death clocks — take with a pinch of salt

01 February, 2017 by

The good news is that we are all living longer. The bad news is that we will all die … but when?


Inequality in Aboriginal child ICU admissions for invasive infections

01 February, 2017 by

Intensive care unit (ICU) admission rates for life-threatening infections in Indigenous children are several times higher than those of non-Indigenous children, and twice as many Indigenous children per population succumb to these severe infections despite life support.


$450,000 palliative care boost for Cape York communities

18 January, 2017 by

St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) has committed $450,000 to bring culturally appropriate palliative care services to five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) of Cape York as part of an MOU with Northern Peninsula Area Family and Community Services (NPAFACS) and Apunipima Cape York Health Council (Apunipima).


Choking: the second highest cause of preventable death in aged care

13 December, 2016 by

Alarmingly, 40% of health professionals surveyed by speech pathologist Bernadette Dutton at an aged-care forum incorrectly believed that toast was suitable for those on a 'soft' food texture diet.


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