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The many benefits of hosting companion animals in aged care: new research

Researchers at UniSA are calling for the Federal Government to mandate financial support for pets in aged care to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of thousands of residents. The call follows a project that's been exploring a practical model of hosting companion animals in aged care, including foster animals and personal pets.

New research reveals it could be ‘lights out’ for antibiotic-resistant superbugs

It's not good news for antibiotic-resistant superbugs as next-generation light-activated nanotech proves it can eradicate some of the most notorious and potentially deadly bacteria in the world.

Oz and Iraqi researchers combine for blood pressure check using AI and a camera

Monitoring blood pressure using a digital camera could soon be the norm, thanks to an innovative technique demonstrated by Australian and Iraqi researchers.

Pharmacist named Young Tall Poppy of Science for helping to keep older people safe

UniSA researcher Dr Renly Lim has won a Young Tall Poppy award in this year’s prestigious prize for young scientists. A NHMRC early career fellow at UniSA’s Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, Lim is addressing some of the harms caused by medicines by working with residents in aged care, their carers and health professionals.

Butler says Australia now ‘beyond’ mask mandates and lockdowns

Australians must take responsibility for their own health, federal health minister Mark Butler says, as his state counterparts resist calls to reintroduce mask mandates.

High-fat diet expands waistline and shrinks brain: new research

New research shows that fatty foods may not only be adding to your waistline but also playing havoc with your brain. The research adds to the growing body of evidence linking chronic obesity and diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease, predicted to reach 100 million cases by 2050.

New report says older Australians need more financial support during pandemic

Financial experts are encouraging pre-retirees to sharpen their financial skills as a new report from the University of South Australia shows that 31 per cent of older Australians (aged 55+ years) feel insecure about their financial futures, particularly amid the current pandemic.

New study shows link between Vitamin D deficiency and dementia

A world-first study from the University of South Australia could stop dementia in its tracks as new genetic research shows a direct link between this degenerative disease and a lack of vitamin D.

New research suggests in-house pharmacists essential for aged care

New research from the University of South Australia shows that regular visits from pharmacists to aged-care residents can reduce problems due to medicines and improve health outcomes.

Govt pledges $3.7m to boost UniSA’s aged care training in Port Lincoln

The Federal Government has announced it will provide $3.7 million to UniSA to create a training site in Port Lincoln encouraging nursing and allied health students to pursue a career in aged care.

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