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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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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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Pharmacist debunks pill myths

Natural medicines are safer is just one of the medicine myths an Australian pharmacist and academic debunked in a public talk. With the aim of helping people use medicines safely and effectively, Andrew McLachlan, professor of pharmacy at the University of Sydney ...

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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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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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