Dementia and Alzheimer's: What Are the Differences?
Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same. Dementia is an overall term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, performance of daily activities, and communication abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease gets worse with time and aff...Read More
Five people die from overdoses every day
Sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs have become the nation's "silent killers", with the number of people dying from the prescription drugs more than doubling in a decade. That's the warning in a new report that found five people a day are now dying from a drug overdose, with middle-aged people the most likely victims. Th...Read More
Five things you need to know about Natural Medicines
Natural medicines are playing a more integral part in the pharmacy, hospital and clinical decision-making process, but what are they and how are they relevant to today’s healthcare ecosystem? In this article, we take a look at five fundamental things you need to know about natural medicines. 1. Natural medicines are regulated in Austral...Read More
Genetic model offers elegant tool for testing Parkinson's disease therapies
For the past decade, Parkinson's disease researchers have relied on the experimental equivalent of using a sledgehammer to tune a guitar to test new therapies for the disease. This may be a reason clinical trials of promising neuroprotective drugs fail. But, in new research published today in Nature Parkinson's Disease, University of Britis...Read More
New type 1 diabetes therapy shows promise for long-term reversal in both humans, dogs
What if instead of daily insulin injections or wearing pumps, just getting a shot every few months could reverse Type 1 diabetes for you -- or your dog? It might take ushering in healthy pancreatic cells like a Trojan horse. The Trojan horse, in this case, would be collagen, a protein that the body already makes for building muscles, bones,...Read More
Will the territories ever be able to legalise voluntary euthanasia?
Voluntary euthanasia will not be legal in the national capital for the foreseeable future, with a Senate bill voted down last night. The bill would have allowed the ACT and Northern Territory to legislate on the issue, something they are currently banned from doing. But it was narrowly defeated, 36 votes to 34. How did we get here? The ...Read More
Melbourne researchers develop new anti-cancer drugs which put cancers to sleep… permanently
Australian scientists have taken a "major step forward" in the world of cancer research with the discovery of a new type of drug that can put cancer cells in animals into a permanent state of sleep. Key points: Cancer cells treated with the drugs "are not dead but they can no longer divide and proliferate" The d...Read More
What changes are coming to the NDIS?
The Budget’s release on May 8 confirmed that the NDIS will be fully accessible to all Australians by 2020. As more and more Australians start receiving NDIS funding, less funding is needed to maintain the NDIS Transition Programme which has been assisting thousands of Australians since 2013. This means more funding can be allocated to NDIS pa...Read More
Better aged-care begins with more registered nurses in homes
People are marching in the streets demanding better care for older Australians in aged care homes after increasing media reports of neglect, abuse and negligence. If we want to improve the situation for residents, we need more registered nurses in aged care homes. When registered nurses are on duty, residents have better health outcomes, a highe...Read More
Misconception on Influenza Vaccine
LAST year Australia had one of the worst flu seasons on record, with an estimated 29,000 people admitted to hospital with the influenza virus. Despite this, one in two Australians are not planning on getting their flu shot this year and there is a major misconception contributing to these high numbers. Finder.com.au surveyed 2,003 adults and fou...Read More