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Depression symptoms increase risk of falls

Older people’s risk of falling increases when they show depressive symptoms, research has revealed. A team from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) investigated the interactions between depressive symptoms, antidepressant use, and balance and cognitive function. The risk of falls increased by 55 ...

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Arthritis study reveals more kinds of pain

New research has revealed how people are coping with arthritis, the second-leading cause of disability in Australia. Franca Marine, policy and government relations manager of Arthritis Australia, said: “We felt that there was not much recognition of the fact that ...

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Maggie Beer serves lunch

Celebrity cook and food manufacturer Maggie Beer will be hosting a lunch at Bond University today. The luncheon is to raise funds for and awareness of the Maggie Beer Foundation, which was set up to advocate for the importance of ...

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A social brain is a healthier brain

It is detrimental to brain health to ignore social factors, an Australian researcher has stated, showing recent findings that support her claim. Professor Catherine Haslam from the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology, said, “Social factors are largely ignored when it ...

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Study brings informal carers to forefront

Upcoming research will investigate the impact of providing care to a spouse with cancer, including end-of-life and bereavement measures, as National Carers Week approaches. The From We to I study by Katriona Smith at Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health will explore: ...

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Film issues cautions on antipsychotics

A film has been released today to help decrease  overuse of antipsychotic medication amongst people with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. The resource, Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications, available on Alzheimer’s Australia’s Detect Early website, is a joint effort ...

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Seniors safer, less wealthy here than overseas

Australia lags behind many Western European and other countries in income security for seniors. The information comes from HelpAge International’s Global AgeWatch Index, which ranks 96 countries according to the wellbeing of older people. Australia’s pension coverage amongst people age 65 ...

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