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A step in the right direction

New research shows a higher daily step count is linked to better insulin sensitivity Beating diabetes could be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Taking more steps each day significantly cuts the risk of the ...

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Time for action, say nurses

Aged Care nurses and assistants in nursing welcome 2011 as the year of reform Nurses and assistants in nursing working in aged care are hoping the government holds good on its promises of reform for the coming year, says ANF ...

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Exercise to help carers beat the blues

A new study will look at how physical activity can help tackle mental health issues with careers, reports Darragh O Keeffe. The effectiveness of exercise in reducing depression among carers will be the focus of an Australian study, but unlike ...

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Reform needed: DOHA

In its long awaited submission to the PC inquiry, the Department of Health and Ageing has given its strongest indication yet that the framework governing aged care needs to be changed. In its submission to the Productivity Commission, the department ...

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Wound research continues

In a joint project between two universities, researchers will investigate the wound healing properties of plants. Common plants such as marigold could hold the key to dealing with chronic wounds, which affect almost half a million Australians and cost around ...

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Hospitals open to scrutiny

The public can now compare hospital performance against national averages on the government’s new My Hospital website. Just hours before it launched on Friday, the government’s website comparing hospital performance was being criticised as inaccurate. My Hospital compares hospital performance ...

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An aspirin a day keeps…cancer away

UK research shows the commonly used painkiller has impressive cancer fighting abilities. News that a “simple” aspirin a day can help to ward off a broad array of often deadly cancers has been welcomed by Australian experts. Cancer Council Australia ...

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Battling the bulge

Almost three quarters of the population will have a weight problem by 2025, researcher warns. Just one in three Australians could tip the scales at a healthy weight within 15 years, according to latest forecasts of the nation’s rising rate ...

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