Drugs designed to treat depression are increasingly being used to alleviate chronic pain conditions, but new Australian research has revealed the most commonly prescribed antidepressant offers little or no pain relief.
The Advance Project toolkit aims to boost the number of aged care residents with dementia benefitting from palliative care and end-of-life support, and has already been accessed by a huge range of care workers, allied health staff, nurses and GPs.
Repeated concussions are linked to worse brain function in later life, according to new research. The findings show people who reported experiencing three or more lifetime concussions had worse cognitive function at baseline than those with no concussion history.
While a plethora of much-needed modern advances have been made in the provision of aged care in recent decades, many facilities remain mired in outdated, regimented and paternalistic ways. OPAN has responded with its Deinstitutionalisation in Aged Care position statement, detailing a range of recommendations on how we can move towards person-centred models of care that are provided in the recipient’s own home, or a home-like setting. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Carrying far too much weight, including a midriff bulge, from mid-life onwards, is linked to a heightened risk of physical frailty in older age, according to research published in the open access journal BMJ Open.
Australians are urged to get more sleep, swap regular salt for potassium-enriched salt, and consider undergoing a blood test for a new “bad” cholesterol marker. The three tips could help prevent people from developing heart disease and are simple to adopt according to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s executive director Professor Jason Kovacic.