Aged & Allied Health

The burnout problem in health care today

18 February, 2019 by Dr Jocelyn Lowinger*

Burnout is increasingly an issue for healthcare professionals. Evidence-based coaching is one approach that can help turn this around.

Innovative falls program helps Parkinson's sufferers

14 February, 2019

Using a safety harness, participants walk along a booby-trapped walkway, helping to train the brain to respond quickly to fall hazards.

Exercise protects against Alzheimer's

12 February, 2019

A new study has found evidence that exercise produces a hormone that helps protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Bedsore practice could constitute abuse: study

11 February, 2019

The practice of 2-hourly repositioning of residents in aged-care facilities to prevent bedsores is ineffective and could be an unintentional form of abuse.

Blood test predicts Alzheimer's 16 years ahead

24 January, 2019

For those who've inherited Alzheimer's disease genes, a simple blood test will identify if they have the disease — 16 years before symptoms show.

Get your (globally recognised) game face on

23 January, 2019

A new study has found that, despite humans having hundreds of facial expressions, only 35 are universally recognised.

Give infants peanuts to help avoid allergies

22 January, 2019

Australia has among the highest food allergy rates in the world. To reduce allergy risk, experts recommend giving infants peanuts and eggs before they turn one.

The five biggest myths about earwax

16 January, 2019 by Lisa Hellwege*

We debunk the five misconceptions about earwax and ear cleaning.

Creating a sustainable foodservice

18 December, 2018

Reduce the environmental footprint of your institutional foodservice with these sustainable ideas.

Bridging two worlds

17 December, 2018 by Di Martin*

HESTA Nurse of the Year Gail Yarran speaks about closing the gap, her faith, and resilience in the face of personal and institutional racism.

Drawing, not writing, improves memory

14 December, 2018

For the elderly, taking up drawing will do more to enhance their memory retention than writing. Even if they're not very good at it.

Being thin not a prerequisite for anorexia

13 December, 2018

A third of adolescents hospitalised with anorexia nervosa are within a healthy weight range, prompting calls to redefine the disease's diagnosis criteria.

Preventing medication-related harm in the elderly

03 December, 2018 by Dr Natalie Soulsby*

Each year 230,000 people are admitted to hospital, and many more experience reduced quality of life, due to adverse side effects from medicines.

New technology to reduce patient falls from bed

27 November, 2018

New bed sensors being developed in Melbourne will soon alert carers in nursing homes and hospitals if their patients are at risk of a fall.

Childhood obesity linked to antibiotics, antacids

15 November, 2018

Children who are given antibiotics or antacids in their first two years of life are more likely to become obese during their childhood.

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