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Clinical Focus

New RMIT University AI tech could help detect prostate cancer earlier

Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of death by cancer in Australian men. Early detection is key to successful treatment but men often dodge the doctor, avoiding diagnosis tests until it's too late.

Two-way communication can help with care and dignity at end of life: new study

At the end of life, people may have to rely on others for help with showering, dressing and going to the toilet. This loss of privacy and independence can be confronting and difficult.

Govt grant to improve and streamline healthcare for aged care facilities residents

The lack of coordination of care for residents in aged care facilities and other sectors of the health system has been a long-term problem for the aged care sector and was highlighted last year when 685 Australians in aged care homes died of COVID-related illness.

New UniSA study into tool that measures aged care residents’ quality of life

A new research project in South Australia will provide an independent evaluation of a digital tool to measure key experiences in residential care and their impact on quality of life.

Why society cannot afford to continue overlooking the stigma of working in aged care

While health-care workers have been recognised as heroes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a travesty that the aged care workforce remains undervalued.

Just as we suspected: stress does turn hair grey – and it’s reversible

Legend has it that Marie Antoinette’s hair turned grey overnight just before her beheading in 1791. Though the legend is inaccurate—hair that has already grown out of the follicle does not change colour—a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is the first to offer quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to greying hair in people.

New versions of MoCA test now cater to hearing and vision impaired

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is the most widely used dementia screening test in the world. In fact, it’s the test former US President Donald Trump famously bragged about ‘aceing’ as part of his cognitive health check in 2018.

Some blood pressure-lowering meds linked to less memory decline in older adults

Older adults taking blood pressure-lowering medications known to cross the blood-brain barrier had better memory recall over time compared to those taking other types of medicines to treat high blood pressure, according to newly published research (June 21) published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Tai chi’s potential relief of depression and anxiety in stroke survivors

A small feasibility study has suggested that tai chi has the potential to reduce depression, anxiety and stress plus improve sleep in people who have had a stroke.

New study looking into Mediterranean diet and dementia risk reduction

It’s been named the world’s best diet for weight loss, but now researchers at the University of South Australia (UniSA) are confident that the Mediterranean diet – combined with a little daily exercise – can also help stave off dementia, slowing the decline in brain function that is commonly associated with older age.

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