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Gout on the rise, underdiagnosed in aged care

Gout is a condition that affects approximately 187,000 Australians yearly. The global prevalence of gout is increasing and is highest in the Australasia region. More prevalent in older people, instances of gout peak in the age bracket 75–84 years (up to ...

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New 3D pressure injury research underway

Recent estimates put the cost of pressure injuries to the health system at $983 million per annum, representing approximately 1.9 per cent of all public hospital expenditure or 0.6 per cent of the public recurrent health expenditure. In aged care, the average daily ...

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Are pill organisers doing more harm than good?

The humble pill organiser could be doing more harm than good, according to researchers. Researchers from the University of East Anglia have developed a guidance system to help prescribers and pharmacists decide which patients should use a pill organiser. The study ...

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NSAIDs overused and putting residents at risk

Researchers have found that NSAIDs, such as common Ibuprofen, are being overused in aged care, putting residents at risk. The study – which looked at over 10 thousand residents during a three-year period – also found that the “triple whammy ...

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