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Promising side of brain research

New research has bolstered evidence suggesting that one part of the human brain is better protected from ageing and cognitive deterioration than others. By Andrew Bracey The study, conducted at the University of Adelaide, assessed visual and non-visual response to ...

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Health begins in the belly

As ageing progresses, a diet full of balanced meals becomes even more important as a foundation for wellbeing. By Ngaire Hobbins Food is comfort, food is joy, food is medicine. There is a beautiful book by Simon Carey Holt called ...

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Obstacles to stroke care found

Study identifies difficulties with access, other factors amongst barriers keeping patients from completing rehabilitation.  A new study has found five major barriers to the continuity of stroke care that prevent many patients from completing rehabilitation following discharge from hospital. The ...

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NSAIDs for elderly a sore spot

Experts disagree on dangers and benefits of long-term use. By Erin Mayo. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories amongst older Australians is cause for alarm, states a report from the University of Sydney, which found that people over 70 were more ...

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Dementia perceptions

A study collects opinions and beliefs from staff in RACFs.  Researchers at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers, hosted at Queensland University of Technology, are involved in Australia’s first large-scale systematic study of the quality of life of ...

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Sunny side up

An expert on depression in seniors says it’s possible to keep the clouds at bay. By Amie Larter. A University of Western Australia Winthrop professor who has spent 25 years working in the area of mental health research has been ...

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Going to plan

A recent study suggests that continence telemonitoring could help return patients’ quality of life.By Amie Larter. Early findings on the use of telemonitoring systems to augment continence assessment procedures in residential aged-care facilities are promising, says Barry Cahill, CEO of ...

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Foreign exchange

Recent research shows that new immigrants lack access to aged-care services and need specialised support. By Dallas Bastian. Recent unpublished research from the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has discovered that little is known about the needs of ...

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