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Financial consequences of obesity to soar

The annual cost of treating obesity-related diseases is estimated to cost Australia $21 billion by 2025, according to new expert estimates. Obesity is one of the leading causes driving the high rates of heart disease and diabetes and has been ...

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Muscling residents out of immobility

It’s the simple things in life, like lifting a cup of tea or getting out of a chair without any aids that Hall & Prior hopes to help residents accomplish through a resistance band training program. The program was created ...

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Dementia Australia’s biggest killer

It’s taken more than 100 years, but dementia has overtaken heart disease as the biggest killer of women in Australia. When asked how government policies were dealing with this crisis, Tasmanian senator Helen Polley said health care providers were still ...

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Government to subsidise Leukaemia drug

Life-changing medication for leukaemia and lymphoma patients will soon be within reach for more than 900 Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce on Monday that Ibrutinib – known as Imbruvica – will be listed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme ...

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Bupa aged care workers go on strike

Aged care workers at two Bupa nursing homes in Victoria will stop work on Monday in a bid to improve staffing levels, wages and conditions. Nurses and carers will hold stop work meetings in Ballarat and Clayton on Monday, following ...

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Stretchy glue heals wounds in 60 seconds

Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds, a “breakthrough” that has the potential to save lives in emergencies, its designers say. The injectable glue, MeTro, is based on a naturally occurring protein ...

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New approach to mental health of seniors

Improving the mental health of seniors being discharged from hospital could be as easy as a weekly phone call, research has found. The research, conducted by the Bolton Clarke Research Institute (BCRI) at Monash University in collaboration with hospitals, found that weekly ...

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