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Awareness of dementia ‘shockingly low’

A new survey of the general public has revealed shockingly low awareness and understanding of dementia, says the peak body representing people with the condition. The survey of more than 1,000 people found more than 80 per cent of Australians ...

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VIC MPs start emotional death bill debate

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given an emotional account of watching his father die from cancer in support of a bid to legalise euthanasia. But his deputy is seeking to scuttle the proposed scheme and has told parliament MPs should ...

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Older men getting multiple skin cancers

Older men, particularly those from Australia’s sunshine state, account for the vast majority of non-melanoma skin cancers diagnosed in Australia. Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have for the first time measured the rates of keratinocyte cancers (non-melanoma) of ...

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Technology helps determine dementia pain

New facial recognition technology developed in Australia will help medical staff manage the pain of dementia patients who struggle to communicate. The PainChek app runs on smartphones or tablets and uses artificial intelligence to analyse facial expressions to assess pain ...

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Brushing up on aseptic technique in wound care

Health professionals hoping to learn more about aseptic technique in wound care now have access to a new consensus document by Wounds Australia. Chief executive Anne Buck said the publication will help clinicians provide evidence-based wound care and meet infection ...

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Families bearing the cost of caring

Australia now enjoys one of the highest life expectancies in the world, but as our ageing population increases, so too does the pressure placed on the ‘Sandwich Generation’. New national research shows that this demographic of middle-aged adults is now ...

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Does frailty pose a greater surgery risk?

How frail a person is, rather than their age, may be a better predictor of surgery complications and recovery, warn Australian anaesthetists. Risks from surgery, including death, continue to decline in Australia. But as the population ages ensuring quality of ...

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