Aged & Allied Health

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.

Appendix removal reduces Parkinson's risk up to 25%

14 November, 2018

Scientists have found that having your appendix removed early in life significantly reduces the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Gluten-free food contains gluten

13 November, 2018

A new study found that almost 3% of commonly purchased food items that were labelled 'gluten-free' contained gluten.

Redressing quality and safety in aged care

13 November, 2018 by Ramon Z Shaban*, Julie E Potter^

Mandating patient-to-staff ratios is only one step required to improve quality and safety in aged care. Addressing the issues in our existing model is the next.

Eye scan detects early Alzheimer's

02 November, 2018

Two studies have shown that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with Alzheimer's.

Is it safe to exercise with scleroderma?

30 October, 2018 by Stephanie Frade*

Due to the autoimmune disease's unpredictability and seriousness, scleroderma patients are often uncertain if they can exercise. But there is hope.

Does herpes cause Alzheimer's?

20 October, 2018

There's new evidence that the herpes virus can cause Alzheimer's, and that antiviral drugs can drastically reduce the risk of senile dementia.

1 in 2 women will develop dementia/parkinsonism/stroke

05 October, 2018

A Dutch study estimates that without prevention strategies, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men will be diagnosed with dementia/parkinsonism/stroke.

Bulla Nut Free Ice Cream

01 October, 2018 | Supplied by: Bulla Dairy Foods

Bulla has extended its 2 L Nut Free Ice Cream into its 100 mL Ice Cream Cup foodservice range for use across hospitals and aged-care facilities.

Antipsychotics overprescribed in aged care

27 September, 2018

Research shows that more than 80% of aged-care residents with dementia receive psychotropics, even though only 20% might benefit from them.

Playing it safe in the vegetable garden

25 September, 2018 by Andrew Thomson*

Planning a vege patch for your healthcare facility? A few simple steps will ensure food safety.

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