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Alzheimer’s blood test promises early detection

A blood test for the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease has been developed. The test, made by University of Melbourne researchers, has the potential to improve detections of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease to 91 per cent accuracy. Brain imaging can detect ...

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Turning grey into gold

The rapid ageing of the population is an alarming development but with the right planning and technology it can be a chance for tremendous growth and gains for all. By Everald Compton People are growing older and many fear old ...

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NHMRC grants target dementia, pain

The NHMRC has announced the aged-related research that has received funding in the latest round of grants. The Centre for Research Excellence in Translation of Research into Improved Outcomes in Musculoskeletal Pain and Health received $2.5 million. “This Centre is led ...

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To help them help others

A government-funded program offering workshops and online learning on palliative care and advance care planning to GPs and aged-care staff has officially launched.  Decision Assist specifically targets staff who look after elderly recipients of aged-care packages, either in the home ...

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Healing options for wounds

Is electric stimulation therapy a viable alternative when compression therapy is not tolerated? That’s the current focus of a La Trobe University pilot randomised controlled trial investigating whether people with venous disease would tolerate an alternate regimen and, further, would ...

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Teamed up for telehealth

Just under one-third of Australians, 29 per cent, live in regional and rural areas, an Australian Bureau of Statistics study completed in June 2013 states. Of this 29 per cent, 23 per cent live in remote areas, which makes seeking ...

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Dementia care faces cultural hurdles overseas

A Namibian care worker has just returned from Africa, where he had been working with a local family using an online dementia course. Berrie Holzhausen, who enrolled in the University of Tasmania’s Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and shared ...

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ACSA forum puts workforce front and centre

How will Australia get the staff to look after the elderly population? Should migration be increased? Should there be an increase in spending on education and support? Should more money be put into developing good leadership in the sector? These ...

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